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Original Portrait of Mahaprabhu at Kunjaghata Rajbari

 

Among the chief objects of interest at the Kunjaghata Rajbari is the original painting of Gouranga or Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Raja Prataparudra of Puri is said to have this picture drawn during the Mahaprabhu’s lifetime. The Raja himself is a part of the painting, where he is shown lying prone (as a sign of respect and submission) before Mahaprabhu. 

The painting was made some time between 1512-1533 CE and is known to have been carried off to Nadia by Srinivasa Acarya, Crivasa. Finally it was passed on the Maharaja Nanda Kumar who was a disciple of Radhamohan Thakur, a descendant of Srinivas Acharya. 

In the painting: 

The King of Puri, Prataparudra can be seen bowing to Chaitanya(centre). Gadadhara can be see reading the Bhagavad Gita along with Advaitacharya, Nityananda, Srivasa, Rupa, and Sanatana. Yavana Haridasa can be standing at a distance(beside the peacock),  wearing a langot and hanging a cloth. 

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