September 11, 2021
Sita Thakurani lived in Santipura as the eternal wife of Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu. She was always absorbed in vatsalya-prema (paternal love) for Sri Gaurasundara. Just after Sri Caitanya’s appearance, Sita Thakurani came to Mayapur. She brought a basket full of dresses, ornaments, silken children’s clothes, jeweled necklaces, and tiger nails set in gold. To worship the golden baby she also brought auspicious articles such as fresh grass, tumeric, kum kum, sandalwood. The wonderful name “Nimai” was given to the Lord by Sita Thakurani.
In Krishna lila, Sita Thakurani is Yogamaya or also Paurnamasi. At Krishna’s birth ceremony she gave many instructions about child care to Nanda and Yasoda. Similarly, in Gaura lila Sita Thakurani would often help Sacimata nurture baby Nimai. Sita Thakurani and Saci Mata were of one mind; their life and soul was Nimai. Because of Sita Thakurani’s pure parental love, Saci Mata often chose her as the first person to worship Nimai Pandit during any auspicious ceremony.
Later Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu often came to Santipur to visit Advaita Acarya and Sita Thakurani. They would collect all the neighbors and hold an uproarious festival of Krishna nama-lila kirtana extending late into the night. When Lord Caitanya moved to Jagannatha Puri Advaita Prabhu and Sita Thakurani would regularly visit Him.
Sita Thakurani would cook Mahaprabhu’s favorite foods and offer lunch to the Lord. Sita Thakurani loved Lord Caitanya as a son and He loved her as His mother.