Sri Vakresvara Pandita

Sri Vakreshwara Pandita was born in the village of Guptipara near Triveni. He was a proficient dancer and kirtaniya. He could dance continuously for three days.

Once in the house of Srivasa Thakura, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu sang while Vakreshwara Pandita danced in constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours. At that time Lord Chaitanya said, “Vakreshwara, I have only one wing like you, but if I had another certainly I could fly in the sky.”

Expert at singing and dancing, Vakreshwara Pandita always pleased Lord Chaitanya with his service in the Navadvipa sankirtana parties (which he joined from the beginning), the dramas at Srivas Angam, and the yearly Ratha-yatra at Jagannatha Puri.

Vrindavana Dasa Thakura said, “To awaken the sleeping souls in the age of Kali, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to distribute the nectar of the holy name of Krishna. When He came, the khol (mridanga) and karatals sounded like thundering clouds. Absorbed in moods of ecstatic love and shouting “Hari bol Hari bol,” Sri Gauranga told everyone to chant the holy name of Krishna. Raising His golden arms to the sky, Lord Gaura Hari would dance in ecstasy. At that time, Vakreshwara Pandit and others would dance with the Lord.” (Chaitanya Bhagavata)

By Vakreshwara's blessings, Devananda Pandit was freed from the Vaishnava aparadha he committed against Srivasa Pandit. Then Sri Chaitanya accepted Devananda Pandit as one of His “own devotees.” Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu commented on this incident, “Krishna has made His home in the heart of Vakreshwara Pandita. As Krishna dances in his heart, so Vakreshwara Pandita himself dances. Whatever place Vakreshwara Pandit blesses with his association becomes a holy place of pilgrimage more sacred than all the holy places.”

Certain great devotees such as Vakreshwara Pandita, Paramananda Puri, Svarupa Damodara, Gadadhara, Jagadananda Pandit, Sankara, Raghunatha Vaidya, and Raghunatha Dasa were associating with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from the beginning of His pastimes in Navadvipa. They also faithfully served the Lord when He moved to Nilachala Dhama (Jagannatha Puri).

Vakreshwara Pandita established the Deities of Sri-Sri Radha-Kantha in Kashi Mishra's house next to the Gambhira in Jagannatha Puri. Kavi Karnapura says Vakreshwara Pandit is an incarnation of Aniruddha of Chatur-vyuha. Vakreshwara Pandita initiated Gopala Guru Gosvami and many others in Orissa. Dhyan Chandra, a disciple of Gopala Guru Gosvami, says in his books that Vakreshwara Pandita is an incarnation of Tungavidya-sakhi, an expert singer and dancer serving as one of Srimati Radharani's asta-sakhis.

Vakreshwara’s disappearance day is the sixth day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashada.Vakreshwara Pandita's worshipable Deity is Sri Sri Radha-kanta, whom he worshipped in Kashi Mishra’s house, which was also the residence of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Gambhira). These Deities are still being worshipped there to this day.
His samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis area.