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CC Madhya 1.227


prāte cali’ āilā prabhu ‘kānāira nāṭaśālā’
dekhila sakala tāhāṅ kṛṣṇa-caritra-līlā


prāte — in the morning; cali’ — departing; āilā — came; prabhu — the Lord; kānāira nāṭaśālā — to the place of the name Kānāi Nāṭaśālā; dekhila — saw; sakala — all; tāhāṅ — there; kṛṣṇa-caritra-līlā — the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa.


In the morning, the Lord left and went to a place known as Kānāi Nāṭaśālā. While there, He saw many pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa.


In those days in Bengal there were many places known as Kānāi Nāṭaśālā, where pictures of the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa were kept. People used to go there to see them. This is called kṛṣṇa-caritra-līlā. In Bengal there are still many places called hari-sabhā, which indicates a place where local people gather to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and discuss the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The word kānāi means “Lord Kṛṣṇa’ ” and nāṭaśālā indicates a place where pastimes are demonstrated. So those places which at the present moment are called hari-sabhā may previously have been known as Kānāi Nāṭaśālā.