Gambhira - Kashi Mishra's House
Gambhira is situated south east of the Jagannatha temple in Bali Sahi, on the way to Svargadvara. This place is also known as Kashi Mishra’s house or Radha Kanta Matha. When Mahaprabhu came to Jagannatha Puri after taking Sannyasa, He stayed at Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya’s House.But After he toured South India, on His return to Puri he then stayed at Kashi Mishra’s House. Kashi Mishra was Rajguru of King Prataparudra, and King had gifted him a house with a large garden near the temple. King Prataparudra was a great Devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; He suggested to Sarvabhauma that Mahaprabhu can stay in Kashi Mishra’s house. ri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed in Kashi Mishra’s house in a very small room called Gambhira. He stayed in Gambhira constantly for the last twelve year of His manifested pastime. Inside the room there is a box which holds the Kamandalu, Paduka and quilt of Mahaprabhu.
Sri Radha Kanta is worshipped in Kashi Mishra’s house. King Prataparudra’s father, Sri Purusottama Deva, conquered the king of kanchipura in battle and returned with three deities: Radha kanta, Sakshi Gopala, and bhada Ganesha. Bhada Ganesha is still worshipped in an inner courtyard just behind Jagannatha temple. It is said Radha Kanta was also worshipped inside the Jagannatha Mandir for some time. But in dream Lord Jagannatha informed the King Prataparudra to removeRadha Kanta deity Because He is taking all nice items from his bhoga plate and so king requested to his Gurudev Kashi Mishra to take the Radha Kanta to his house.
During the Kashi Mishra’s time only Sri Radha Kanta was worshipped here. Later, when Gopala Guru became the Mahanta of the Matha, he installed a deity of Srimati Radharani on the left side of Sri Radha Kanta and a deity of Sri Lalita Devi on the right side. He also established the deities of dancing Gauranga and Nityananda on the left and right side of Radha Kanta.
Gopala Guru, the disciple of the Vakreshvara Pandita, served Mahaprabhu from early childhood atGambhira. After the disappearance of Vakresvara Pandita, Gopala Guru received the charge of the seva of Sri Sri Radha Kanta and Gambhira. You can find deity of Gopala Guru at the entrance of Sri Radha kanta mandir, facing east.