This book was written by Sri Kavi Karnapura, who
was born in the year 1446, Saka era, in the village of
Kaficanapalli, situated in present-day Bangladesa. His father
was Sivananda Sen, a great devotee and dear associate of Sri
Krsna Caitanya. Sivananda Sen had three sons- Caitanya
dasa, Rama dasa and Parmananda dasa.
This Parmananda dasa was also known as Puridasa, or
Kavikarnapura. Since he was born by the benediction of
Mah4prabhu at Jagannatha Puri, he was named Puridasa.
He was the youngest of Sivananda’s three sons. When
he was only seven years old, he received nama mantra
directly from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Suddenly, in
great ecstasy, the baby grabbed Gauranga’s foot and
sucked the Lord’s lotus petal toe. Voicing their approval,
the assembled Devotees chanted Hari! Hari! Ordered and
empowered by the Lord, the boy instantly composed a
wonderfully sweet, poetic and enchanting Sanskrit verse.
Everyone present felt deeply moved and satisfied with his
Understanding that the boy had received Lord
Caitanya’s mercy, Sri Svarupa Damodara said: "Since this
boy’s poetry pleases the heart, and completely fills the
ears with nectar, his name will be "Kavi Karnapura." (kavi
means poetry; karna-ear; pura-full).
Karnapura was a great devotee and poet, and he was
a recipient of Mahaprabhu’s mercy. His compositions are
very wonderful. Mahaprabhu treated Sivananda’s entire
family as His own. Karnapura also glorified Mahaprabhu
as the worship-able lord of his family. Kavi Karnapura’s
spiritual master was Srinath Gosvami.
The Deity of Krsnadeva, installed by Srinath at
Kumarahatta, is still present there. Although Karnapura
first received the Hare Krsna mantra from Sriman
Mahaprabhu at Puri, he later on took formal initiation
from grinch Gosvami.
His Samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis Area. He was
Gunacuda sakhi of Braja.
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