Srimati Vishnupriya Devi is a manifestation of Lord Krsna’s Bhu sakti, who appeared to assist Lord Chaitanya in His pastimes of distributing the Holy Name. One of the most beloved deities of Sri Navadvipa Dham is the deity of Sri Dhameshwara, the personal worshippable deity of Srimati Vishnupriya. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave His wife this deity for Her worship, in His place, when He took sanyaas. This deity, with His bewitching smile, is the controller of the holy dham of Navadvip.
Srimati Vishnupriya chanted the Lord’s Holy Name, and for each complete round, she placed a grain of rice in a pot. After she was done chanting, she cooked the rice, and offered it to this deity of the Lord, and she sustained herself on His remnants. Her austerity was witnessed by Isana Thakur, Vamsivadana Thakura and Srivasa Acharya also. Srimati Vishnupriya was the first to establish the deity worship of Lord Gauranga.
Sri Dhameshwara’s temple is located on . The temple has been recently renovated, and also houses the paadukas, or wooden shoes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If you’re lucky you may get to see both, and even have the paaduka’s tapped to you head, changing your life forever!
Sri Dhameshwara Mahaprabhu ki JAI! Srimati Vishnupriya Devi ki JAI!