Please also check: Introduction to Srila Murari Gupta

 

Srila Murari Gupta

Srila Murari Gupta was an intimate associate of Lord Caitanya. In the Murari Gupta Kadacha, he has stated as follows:

 

punyan shivasyanyatamanscha lingaan vilokya
harshena namam punaryayau
nadim mahaviryavatim sa barghavim tasyaam
krta snana-vidhihi punaryayau

(Murari Gupta Kadacha, 4th prakrama, 10th sarga)

 

Translation: On the way to Sri Jagannath Puri, the Lord took pleasing darsanas of the various Siva lingams and then after paying obeiscances unto them, He took His bath in the glorious river Bhargavi and proceeded further.

 

In this verse, the river Bhargavi has been glorified as mahaviryavatim, which means “the possessor of great potency”. From this, we can also conclude that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, on His way, had visited the various temples of Lord Siva just before having His bath in the sacred river Bhargavi. One such temple was the temple of Budha Linga Mahadev, which was very close to the river Bhargavi.