The following is an excerpt from Maharṣi Durvāsā & Śrī Durvāsā-āśrama by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja


Once the famous Durvāsā went to the palace of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja, and on his request, he stayed there for some time. Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja engaged his virtuous darling daughter Rādhikā in serving the ṛṣi. Very satisfied with Princess Rādhikā’s loving service, the ṛṣi offered Her a benediction, saying, “My daughter, may You become most expert in the art of cooking. The preparations You cook will be even more delicious than nectar and will increase the strength, intelligence, beauty and life span of whoever eats them. Whoever eats Your preparations will never be defeated by anyone and their bodily lustre will never diminish.” After saying this, he returned to his āśrama and Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s expertise in cooking became renowned throughout all of Vraja.
   Mother Yaśodā heard from the Vrajavāsīs, especially from Paurṇamāsī, of Rādhikā’s skill in cooking and the power of Her preparations. She wanted to feed Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s delicious preparations to Kṛṣṇa and thought, “I should somehow arrange for Rādhikā to come to my palace to cook. My son is thin and weak, and He has no appetite. He regularly has to face wicked demons who possess varieties of mystic powers.” Thinking thus, with the help of Yogamāyā Paurṇamāsī, Kundalatā, Viśākhā and others, she convinced Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s mother-in-law, Jaṭilā, to allow Rādhikā to come to her home daily from Jāvaṭa. The Gauḍīya gosvāmīs have preserved the beautiful narration of this story in their books.

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