(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mayapur, November 2011) Lecture – Caitanya-caritamrta Part 2
In the ecstatic side of Khetari, it is said that Srila Narottama Das Thakur had started this new style of kirtan, and it created such ecstasy that everyone just got up and were dancing spontaneously! Suddenly, they saw that the Panca Tattvas were also dancing in that assembly. All the devotees were in the greatest ecstasy and the next thing that happened was that the Panca Tattvas had disappeared! So when they disappeared then everyone started to cry in separation and the ground became wet from all the tears and turned into mud. So there were a lot of people crying and a lot of tears! So that was the Khetari festival.
Jahnava Mata was the senior most vaisnavi and she was respected by all as the person presiding over the festival. She was the senior most and definitely given the most respectful position. Although she accepted all this respect, at the same time she went into the kitchen and cooked an incredible feast for all the devotees. It was a very transcendental event!