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CC Madhya 17.53

Text

mathurā yāibāra chale āsena jhārikhaṇḍa
bhilla-prāya loka tāhāṅ parama-pāṣaṇḍa

Synonyms

mathurā — to Mathurā; yāibāra — of going; chale — on the pretext; āsena — came; jhārikhaṇḍa — to Jhārikhaṇḍa; bhilla-prāya — like the Bheels, a kind of low people; loka — people; tāhāṅ — there; parama-pāṣaṇḍa — without God consciousness.

Translation

When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to Jhārikhaṇḍa on His way to Mathurā, He found that the people there were almost uncivilized and were devoid of God consciousness.

Purport

The word bhilla refers to a class of men belonging to the Bheels. The Bheels are like Black Africans, and they are lower than śūdras. Such people generally live in the jungle, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had to meet them.