Campakalata (Campakamallika)

Campakalata is the third of the varistha-gopis. Her complexion is the color of a blossoming yellow campaka flower and her garments are the color of a blue-jay's feature. She is one day younger than Srimati Radharani.

Her father is Arama, her mother is Vatika-devi and her husband is Candaksa. Her qualities are much like those of Visakha.

Campakalata veils her activities in great secrecy. She is expert at the art of logical persuasion, and she is skilled diplomat who knows how to thwart Srimati Radharani's rivals.

Campakalata is expert at collecting fruits, flowers, and roots from the forest. Using only the skill of her hands she can artistically fashion things from clay.

Campakalata is an expert cook who knows all the literature describing the six flavors of gourmet cooking.

She is so expert at making various kinds of candy that she has become famous by the name Mistahasta (sweet hands). 

Of all these gopis who are appointed as protectoresses of the trees, creepers, and bushes of Vrndavana, the leader is Campakalata-devi. (SSRKGD)

On the southern petal of Madana-sukhada Kunja lies Kamalata Kunja, the home of Sri Krsnaís beloved Sri Campakalata. This extremely blissful kunja is the color of molten gold. Campakalata, who loves Krsna very much, personifies the stage of a nayika known as vasaka-sajja. Her complexion is the color of a yellow campaka flower and her dress the color of a cataka bird (swallow). Her nature is vama-madhya, and her seva is to offer jewelled necklaces and to fan with a camara. Her age is 14 years, 2 months and 13 1/2 days. Her motherís name is Vatika, her fatherís Arama, and her husbandís Canda. In gaura-lila she appears as Sri Sivananda.

The chief gopis in Campakalataís yutha are Kurangaksi, Suracita, Mandali, Manimandana, Candika, Candralatika, Kandukaksi and Sumandira. (SGGSP)


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