There was a Panda(Sevak of Mahapravu) in Puri named Talicha Mohapatra. He was one of the Panda of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath, He was engaged the whole day from morning to night in the personal service of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath, Bada Thakura Baladev,Maa Subhadra & Pravu Sudarsan.These deities were everything to him.

One day the King came to have Mahapravu’s darshan. Usually when the King came to the temple he would ask for garlands of the deities. Mahapravu Jagannath was not wearing the garland. Mohapatra thought, “It is a great discredit for me that the King will not get Mahapravu’s gaeland.” He was very worried. Finally he took a flower garland from his own neck and put it on Mahapravu Shree Jagannath.The King arrived at the altar and took darshan of the deities. As usual, after taking darshan, the King asked the pujari, “Can I please have some flower garland prasada?’ The pujari washed his hands and took the flower prasada from the Mahapravu , handing it to the King. The King received the prasada with humility and devotion, and then left for his palace.

The flower garland was very beautiful. It was prepared out of jui flower, a special flower that is pure white with a strong fragrance. The King, while sitting on his throne, gazed upon the flower garland, and suddenly found one long black hair. He thought, “This is very strange. How can this hair be in the garland? Mahapravu has no hair on His head. This brahmana must have taken the flower garland from his own head and put it on Mahapravu , and then gave it to me, telling me it was the prasada of the Mahapravu.” The King was very upset.

He ordered the presence of Mohapatra immediately. When Mohapatra was brought in front the King, he saw that the King was trembling in anger and hissing like a snake. The King said, “I found a hair in the garland of the Mahapravu . Tell me, when did the Mahapravu develop hair on His head? Tell me the truth, otherwise you will face death.”
Mohapatra became very scared and prayed, “Hey Mahapravu , please protect me. I know this King is very strict. Who knows what kind of punishment he will give me! Better I lie and save myself from his punishment.” So he told the King, “Yes. It is true. For some time now the Mahapravu has been growing hair.”

Then King said, “Tomorrow morning I will go to temple and you can show me personally that the Mahapravu has grown hair on His head. If it’s true, then all auspiciousness to you. But if you cannot show me hair on the Mahapravu’s head, then you will be thrown out of my country. You know very well how strict I am in punishing someone.” Talicha Mohapatra went back to temple and engaged himself in the service of the Mahapravu. After finishing his services he offered his prostrated obeisance’s and prayed to help him in this situation. After saying this, Mohapatra closed the temple doors and went back to his residence. He kept one glass of poison next to his bed, with a plan to drink it by the end of the night if the Mahapravu did not arrange to protect him. He went to sleep expecting some miracle.

Mahapravu Shree Jagannath understood the mind of His devotee. He came to the place where Talicha Mohapatra was sleeping. The Mahapravu appeared to him in his dream, and said to him, “Why are you so scared? After serving Me you have nothing to fear. As long as I am here at Nilachala, what can this King do to you? Even if ten million kings come they cannot harm you. Why are you so afraid of this King? Why do you think that I have no hair? Am I bald-headed? Don’t you see I have also hair on My head? Do not be fearful. Tomorrow you go to temple. You can see I have so much hair on My head, which you can show to your king.”

Mohapatra woke up and saw there was no one next to him. He thought that the Mahapravu must have given His mercy in the form of a dream. Long before the end of the night he took his bath and went to the temple. He opened the door and looked at the Mahapravu. He was surprised to see the Mahapravu had long, thick black hair on His head, decorated with so many nice flowers. The hair was very long, reaching His waist and touching the ratna-simhasan. After seeing this, Mohapatra was very happy. Then he engaged himself in the service of the Mahapravu. Now he was free from the fear of the King and his punishment.

Early in the morning the King came to the temple and said to Mohapatra, “Show me the hair on the head of the Mahapravu.” Then Mohapatra replied without any fear, “What is there for me to show you? You just go near the Mahapravu and see for yourself whether He has hair on His head or not.” The King went behind the Mahapravu and was surprised to see the long, curly black hair of the Mahapravu reaching down to His waist. The King asked the Talachu Mohapatra, “How did you fix this hair on the Mahapravu’s head? Did you fix some hair with the help of glue, or is this real hair that the Mahapravu has grown?”

Mohapatra said, “You can check yourself whether it is false hair or real hair.”
The King pulled a few of the hairs from Mahapravu’s head. Immediately blood started to flow from the Mahapravu’s scalp.
When the King saw this he fainted, falling to the ground. When he awoke, he ran to the Mohapatra and caught hold of his feet.

After offering his prayers, the King donated gifts of great opulence to the pujari and left happily for his palace.

People were surprised to see this glorious pastime of Mahapravu Shree Jagannath. Talicha Mahapatra engaged himself in the service of the Mahapravu. These are the glories of Mahapravu. He is the life and soul of His devotees. He is always with his devotees to help them in their troubles. The Mahapravu is the friend of His devotees. He is always thinking about His devotees.
The Eternal Mystery Of Mahaprabhu Shree Jagannath by Srikanta…..
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