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Disappearance Day of Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami
Shri Svarupa Damodara is an eternal associate and friend of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Previously his name was Shri Purushottama Acharya.
He lived in Nabadwipa.
He always stayed with Mahaprabhu.
When Shriman Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, he became half-mad.
He went to Varanasi and took sannyasa from a sannyasi named Chaitanyananda, who ordered him to study Vedanta and teach it to the people in general.
Shri Purushottama Acharya did not accept the dress of a sannyasi, but only gave up the shikha and sacred thread.
His name became Svarupa.
After this, taking up the order of his sannyasa-guru, Shri Purushottama Acharya went to Jagannatha Puri.
At that time, he again met with Shri Chaitanya.
The Chaitanya Charitamrita (ML 10:102-104) records this meeting as follows:
“One day, Svarupa Damodara arrived.
His mystic awareness of the Lord’s inner purpose was deep and unfathomable.
He was an ocean of rasa.
In his previous ashrama, his name had been Purushottama Acharya.
When he was in Nabadwipa, he had attained the Lord’s lotus feet.
But when he saw the sannyasa of Shri Chaitanya, he went half mad.
And so, he went straight to Varanasi to take sannyasa.