Jagadīśa Paṇḍita, the fifteenth branch of Lord Nityānanda’s followers, was the deliverer of the entire world. Devotional love of Kṛṣṇa showered from him like torrents of rain. [Cc. Ādi, 11.30]
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura writes in his Anubhāṣya, “Descriptions of Jagadīśa Paṇḍita are available from the Caitanya-bhāgavata, Ādi-khaṇḍa, Chapter Six, and the Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā, Chapter Fourteen. He belonged to the village of Yaśaḍā-grāma, in the district of Nadia near the Cākadaha railway station. His father, the son of Bhaṭṭa Nārāyaṇa, was named Kamalākṣa. Both his father and mother were great devotees of Lord Viṣṇu, and after their death, Jagadīśa, with his wife Duḥkhinī and brother Maheśa, left his birthplace and came to Śrī Māyāpur to live in the company of Jagannātha Miśra and other Vaiṣṇavas. Lord Caitanya asked Jagadīśa to go to Jagannātha Purī to preach the hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana movement. After returning from Jagannātha Purī, on the order of Lord Jagannātha he established Deities of Jagannātha in the village of Yaśaḍā-grāma. It is said that when Jagadīśa Paṇḍita brought the Deity of Jagannātha to Yaśaḍā-grāma, he tied the heavy Deity to a stick and thus brought Him to the village. The priests of the temple still show the stick used by Jagadīśa Paṇḍita to carry the Jagannātha Deity.” [Cc. Ādi, 11.30, purport]
Jagadīśa Paṇḍita was formerly a great dancer in kṛṣṇa-līlā and was known as Candrahāsa. – [Cc. Ādi 10.70]
Nimai eats offerings from the house of Jagadisa
Pretending to be sick, the Lord asked some food from the house of Hiraṇya and Jagadīśa on the Ekādaśī day. [Cc. Ādi, 14.39]
The Caitanya-bhāgavata, Ādi-khaṇḍa, Chapter Six, fully describes the Lord’s accepting viṣṇu-prasādam on the Ekādaśī day at the house of Jagadīśa and Hiraṇya. Regular prasādam is offered to Lord Viṣṇu on Ekādaśī because although fasting is recommended for devotees on Ekādaśī, it is not recommended for Lord Viṣṇu. Once on Ekādaśī in the house of Jagadīśa and Hiraṇya Paṇḍita there were arrangements for preparing special prasādam for Lord Viṣṇu, and Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked His father to go there to ask for the viṣṇu-prasādam because He was feeling sick. The house of Jagadīśa and Hiraṇya Paṇḍita was situated about two miles from the house of Jagannātha Miśra. Therefore when Jagannātha Miśra, on the request of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, came to ask Jagadīśa and Hiraṇya for the prasādam, they were a little astonished. How could the boy understand that special prasādam was being prepared for Lord Viṣṇu? They immediately concluded that Nimāi must have supernatural mystic power. Otherwise how could He understand that they were preparing special prasādam? Therefore they immediately sent the food to Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu through His father, Jagannātha Miśra. Nimāi was feeling sick, but immediately after eating the viṣṇu-prasādam He was cured, and He also distributed the prasādam among His playmates.
[Cc. Ādi 14.39, purport]
His appearance day is on the twelth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Pausa.
Lord Jagannath of Puri decides to go with Sri Jagadisa Pandita
Before taking sannyas, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised Srila Jagadisa Pandita to visit Jagannath puri. On arriving Sridham Puri, Sri Jagadisa Pandita, went for Lord Jagannath’s darshan and melted with love when he saw Lord Jagannath. On his way back to Bengal, however, he felt extreme separation from Lord Jagannath. If one truly feels such pangs of separation, then this is a sign of Lord Jagannath’s mercy; if not, then one has not truly received the grace of the Lord.
Lord Jagannath Dev saw Srila Jagadisa crying and hence mercifully appeared to him in a dream and told him to take His vigraha and serve the same. Simultaneously, He appeared to the king of Orissa and ordered him that at the time of the nava-kalevara, when the wooden deity of Lord Jagannath is renewed, the outgoing form should be given to Srila Jagadisa Pandita. As a result of this dream, the Maharaj considered it to be a great honour to give Srila Jagadisa Lord Jagannath’s outgoing form, which is known as the samadhi-stha-vigraha.
Srila Jagadisa prayed to Lord Jagannath, asking Him just how he could possibly carry the heavy deity all the way back to Bengal. Lord Jagannath answered him that for his sake He would become as light as a cork. Then Srila Jagadisa was to cover Him with a new cloth and then carry Him suspended on the end of a staff. Lord Jagannath further told him that he would have to make permanent arrangements to stay wherever the Lord was set down on the ground. Srila Jagadisa enlisted the aid of two Brahmins, and they took turns carrying Lord Jagannath as far as the village of Yashora on the banks of the Ganges, near the town of Chakdaha. Srila Jagadisa left Lord Jagannath with one of the Brahmins and went to take his bath in the Ganges and to perform oblations of Ganga water. While he was gone, the Brahmin found that Lord Jagannath was suddenly becoming very heavy and that he was no longer able to hold Him up. When Srila Jagadisa Pandita came back from his bath, he saw Lord Jagannath sitting on the ground and realized that the Lord wanted to stay in that very spot.
When the local people heard that the Lord Jagannath from Puri had come to stay in Yashora, they flocked there in thousands to seek His darshan. Srila Jagadisa Pandita then decided to remain in Yashora rather than return to his home in Mayapur.