Gauranga Lila Smarana Mangala Stotram

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Written in 1896, these 104 Sanskrit verses composed by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura are a summary of the pastimes and teachings of Śrī Caitanya and were composed on the request of devotees who desired to chant something concerning Mahāprabhu and His glories. As an introduction to this book, Bhaktivinoda included the famous 47-page English essay, ‘Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu – His Life and Precepts.’ This introduction summarises the contents of the book’s Sanskrit verses. Accompanying the Sanskrit verses was a Sanskrit commentary entitled Vikāśinī Ṭīkā (‘Illuminating Commentary’) by the famous scholar of Navadvīpa, Śrī Śitikaṇṭha Vācaspati. Bhaktivinoda sent this book to a number of scholars, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, and universities in the west, including Oxford University, Munich University, and McGill University in Montreal.

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