seems to be completely indifferent to the memory of the poet Jaya- deva.1 The Maharaja of
Burdwan builds the temple and it is the munificence of the Burdwan Raj family that has
conferred the devottar properties. It has been mentioned that one of the main attractions
of the Jayadeva mela is the presence of the thousands of Bauls who appear there almost
from nowhere and disappear after the mela.
likeMahamahopadhyaya Hara- prasad Shastri and Sylvan Levi had visited the mela to study
the Bauls.2 It is these Bauls who appear to have inherited the real legacy of Jayadeva as
they have carried the beautiful and titling songs of Jayadeva to the hearts of lacs of
Not much is known of this immortal poet.
From the verses in Geet Govinda it is gathered that the
parents of Jayadeva were Bhojdeb and Bama Devi. He had a great friend by the name of
Parasar and he was one of the five scholars and poets that adorned the court of Lakshman
four others were Govardhana Acharya, Saran, Umapati and Kaviraj. Padmavati was the wife of
Jayadeva and she was a marvelous dancer. It is said that her dances in the temple and the
singing of the Lord's praise by Jayadeva were a treat.
The most famous legend connected with the life of Jayadeva, as is well-known, is to the
effect that one day when he was writing his Geet Govinda, he came to a passage in which
Lord Krishna had asked his beloved Radhika to place her feet on his head. As a staunch
Hindu Jayadeva he felt like it.
1 Paschim Banger Sanskriti (in Bengali) by Binoy
2 Paschim Banger Sanskriti (in Bengali) by Binoy