Saranga Murari’s life
An important branch of the Sri Caitanya tree, Sri Saranga Thakura (Saranga Murari) lived in Mamagacchi, Modadrurnadvipa (Navadvipa). Staying under a Bakula tree, Saranga Thakura worked hard every day to please his worship able Deity. Single handedly, he would collect fruits, vegetables and firewood. He would also beg rice, cook, bathe, dress, and feed his Lord. After a full day of Deity service Saranga would cross the Ganges River to join Mahaprabhu’s Hari-Nama sankirtana party in Mayapur.During one visit, Lord Gauranga noticed that Saranga’s beloved Bakula tree was drying up and almost dead. Lord Caitanya embraced the tree with His beautiful golden arms. Completely rejunvenated, the tree burst forth with green leaves and fresh super fragrant flowers. To this day, devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu worship this special kalpa vrksa tree of Sri Dhama Mayapur. Some devotees collect small pieces of wood, which occasionally fall off, and make neckbeads or worship it.Saranga Thakura vowed to never initiate disciples despite Lord Caitanya’s insistence. One day he relented and decided to initiate the first person he saw. While bathing in the Ganges he brushed against a floating corpse. Suddenly it sprang to life. Stunned, the man slowly identified himself and bowed down to Saranga Thakura who had just miraculously renewed his life. After giving him mantra diksa, Saranga Thakura became famous as “Saranga Murari Thakura,” because the disciple’s previous name was Murari.In Vraja lila Saranga serves Radha-Gopinatha as Nandimukhi-sakhi. By taking a forty five minute riksaw ride from downtown Navadvipa, you an still see the Deities of Saranga Thakura and the kalpa vrksa Bakula tree.