deva-pallim tato gatva
devan surya-mukhan prabhuh
plavayam asa bhamini

“Oh, Bhamini! (After visiting Suvarna-vihara) the Lord went to Devapalli. There he drowned the demigods headed by Surya with the bliss of chanting the holy name of Sri Krishna.” (Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya Pramana-khanda 4.38) 

In Navadvipa-bhava-taranga Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes Devapalli as follows: “Southeast of Suvarna-vihara there is Nrisimha Puri. When will I see the pure transcendental sweetness of this place, also called Devapalli? I will roll about on the ground in ecstatic love while visiting this residence of Lord Nrisimha. Sincerely begging for His grace without a trace of duplicity in my heart, I will attain krishna-prema. Within my sinful heart the six enemies headed by lust perpetually reside, as well as duplicity, the desire for fame, and sheer cunning. At the lotus feet of Lord Nrisimha, I hope that He will mercifully purify my heart and give me the desire to serve Lord Krishna. Weeping, I will beg at the lotus feet of Lord Nrisimha for the benediction of worshiping Radha and Krishna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all difficulties. When will this Lord Hari, whose terrible form strikes fear into fear itself, ever become pleased and show me His mercy?

Even though Lord Nrisimha is terrifying toward the sinful souls He offers great auspiciousness unto the devotees of Lord Krishna headed by Prahlada Maharaja. When will He be pleased to speak words of compassion unto me, a worthless fool, and thereby make me fearless? He will say, ‘Dear child! Sit down freely and live happily here in Sri Gauranga-dhama. May you nicely worship the Divine Couple and may you develop loving attachment for Their holy names. By the mercy of My devotees, all obstacles are cast far away. With a purified heart, just perform the worship of Radha and Krishna, for such worship overflows with sweet nectar.’ Saying this, will that Lord delightedly place His own divine lotus feet upon my head? Suddenly I will experience sublime love for the divine couple Radha-Krishna and undergo the ecstatic transformations called the sattvikavikaras. Falling on the ground, I will roll about by the door of Sri Nrisimha’s temple.” (Navadvipa-bhava-taranga)


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