Citra is the fourth of the varistha gopis. Her fair
complexion resembles the color of kunkuma and her garments are the color
of crystal. She is 26 days younger than Srimati Radharani. When Lord
Madhava is full of bliss, she becomes satisfied.
Her father is Catura, the paternal uncle of Suryamitra.
Her mother is Carcika-devi. Her husband is Pithara.
She is especially expert in the lover's quarrel between
Radha and Krsna (the third of the six definitions of the word abhisarana).
Citra-devi can read between the lines of books and
letters written in many different languages, perceiving the hidden
intentions of the author. She is a skilled gourmet and can understand the
testes of various foods made with honey, milk, and other ingredients
simply by glancing at them.
She is expert in playing music on pots filled with
varying degrees of water. She is learned in the literature describing
astronomy and astrology, and she is well versed in the theoretical and
practical activities of protecting domestic animals.
She is especially expert at gardenting and she can
nicely make various kinds of nectarean beverages.
There are also eight other gopi maidservants, headed by
Rasalika-devi, who are expert at making various kinds of nectarean
There are other gopis who mostly collect transcendental
herbs and medicinal creepers from the forest and do not collect flowers or
anything else. Citra-devi is the leader of these gopis. (SSRKGD)
On the eastern petal of Madana Sukhada
Kunja lies the multicolored Padma Kinjalka Kunja, where Sri Citra
resides. She and Sri Krsna are very
affectionate toward each other, and she is very devoted to her
bringing cloves and garlands. She possesses the abhisarika-nayika-bhava,
beautiful saffron complexion, wears a dress that resembles crystal, and
has many wonderful qualities. Her age is 14
years, 7 months and 14 days. Her fatherís name is Catura,
her motherís Carccika, and her husbandís Pitharaka.
She is an adhika-mrdvinayika,
and her home is in Yavata. In gaura-lila
she appears as Sri Govindananda.
The chief gopis in
Sri Citraís yutha are
Rasalika, Tilakini, Saurasen, Sugandhika,
Vamani, Vamanayana, Nagari and Nagavallika.