Shikhi Mahiti was one of the most confidential Devotee of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He constantly associated with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu while He resided in Jagannatha Puri. His younger sister was Madhavi Devi and brother Murari Mahiti.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had three and a half very confidential Devotees. The three are mentioned below.
svarupa gosañi, ara raya ramananda
shikhi-mahiti—tina, tanra bhagini—ardha-jana
The three were Svarupa Damodara Goswami, Ramananda Raya and Shikhi Mahiti, and the half a person was Shikhi Mahiti’s sister, Madhavi Devi.
prataparudra raja, ara odhra krsnananda
paramananda mahapatra, odhra sivananda
bhagavan acarya, brahmanandakhya bharati
sri-shikhi mahiti, ara murari mahiti
King Prataparudra of Orissa, the Oriya Devotees Krishnananda and Shivananda, and Paramananda Mahapatra, Bhagavan Acharya, Brahmananda Bharati, Shri Shikhi Mahiti and Murari Mahiti constantly associated with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu while He resided in Jagannatha Puri.
The Lord was so magnanimous that He immediately embraced Shikhi Mahiti, exclaiming, “You are the elder brother of Murari!” Being thus embraced, Shikhi Mahiti felt ecstatic transcendental bliss. Thus he and his brother and sister always engaged in rendering service to the Lord. (In the wallpaper: from left to right girl, Shri Vijaya Gauranga, ISKCON Germany, Cologne, people embracing each other).
Shrila Prabhupaad writes in purport:
In the Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika (189) it is said that Shikhi Mahiti was formerly an assistant of Shrimati Radharani named Ragalekha. His sister Madhavi was also an assistant of Shrimati Radharani and was named Kalakeli. Shikhi Mahiti, Madhavi and their brother Murari Mahiti were all unalloyed Devotees of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who could not forget Him for a moment of their lives. There is a book in the Oriya language called Chaitanya-charita-mahakavya, in which there are many narrations about Shikhi Mahiti. One narration concerns his seeing an ecstatic dream. Shikhi Mahiti always engaged in serving the Lord in his mind. One night, while he was rendering such service, he fell asleep, and while he was asleep his brother and sister came to awaken him. At that time he was in full ecstasy because he was having a wonderful dream that Lord Chaitanya, while visiting the Temple of Jagannatha, was entering and again coming out of the body of Jagannatha and looking at the Jagannatha Deity. Thus as soon as he awakened he embraced his brother and sister and informed them, “My dear brother and sister, I have had a wonderful dream that I shall now explain to you. The activities of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the son of Mother Sachi, are certainly most wonderful. I saw that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, while visiting the Temple of Jagannatha, was entering the body of Jagannatha and again coming out of His body. I am still seeing the same dream. Do you think I have become deranged? I am still seeing the same dream! And the most wonderful thing is that as soon as I came near Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He embraced me with His long arms.” As Shikhi Mahiti spoke to his brother and sister in this way, his voice faltered and there were tears in his eyes. Thus the brothers and sister went to the Temple of Jagannatha, and there they saw Lord Chaitanya in the Jagamohana kirtana hall, looking at the beauty of the Shri Jagannatha Deity just as in Shikhi Mahiti’s dream. The Lord was so magnanimous that He immediately embraced Shikhi Mahiti, exclaiming, “You are the elder brother of Murari!” Being thus embraced, Shikhi Mahiti felt ecstatic transcendental bliss. Thus he and his brother and sister always engaged in rendering service to the Lord.
It is said that Shikhi Mahiti out of humility never visited Vrindavana-dhama.
tabu vrndavana yaha’ loka sikhaite
seita karibe, tomara yei laya citte
Shrila Prabhupaad writes in purport:
Shri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Shri Haridasa Thakura, Shrivasa Pandita, Shivananda Sena, Shri Ramananda Raya, Shri Shikhi Mahiti, Shri Madhavi Devi and Shri Gadadhara Pandita Goswami never visited Vrindavana-dhama.
Murari Mahiti is the younger brother of Shikhi Mahiti.
murari mahati inha-shikhi-mahatira bhai
tomara carana vinu ara gati nai
“This is Murari Mahiti, the brother of Shikhi Mahiti. He has nothing other than Your lotus feet.
Madhavidevi is the younger sister of Shikhi Mahiti.
sri-radhara dasi-madhye yanra nama gani
Madhavi Devi, the seventeenth of the prominent Devotees, was the younger sister of Shikhi Mahiti. She is considered to have formerly been a maidservant of Shrimati Radharani.
In the Antya-lila of Chaitanya-charitamrta there is a description of Madhavi Devi.
mahitira bhagini sei, nama—madhavi-devi
vrddha tapasvini ara parama vaisnavi
Shikhi Mahiti’s sister was named Madhavi-devi. She was an elderly lady who always performed austerities. She was very advanced in devotional service.
prabhu lekha kare yare—radhikara ‘gana’
jagatera madhye ‘patra’—sade tina jana
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted her as having formerly been an associate of Shrimati Radharani. In the entire world, three and a half people were His intimate Devotees.