Ragunatha Bhatta Goswami

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By Krishna Maheshwari


Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami was born in 1505 in modern day Bangladesh. His father, Sri Tapana Misra, was a great devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Tapana Misra met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, first in Eastern Bengal, and then again in Varanasi. While in Varanasi, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to dine at Sri Tapana Misra's home and Raghunatha would often massage the Lord's feet.

As a boy Raghunatha was adept in Sanskrit grammar and rhetoric. He became well versed in the scriptures. Upon coming of age his father sent him to Puri, where he met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There he spent eight months in the service of the Lord. He would cook for Him on a regular basis. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Raghunatha never to marry and to study the scriptures. He ordered him to return to Varanasi and to care for his aging parents. He further told him that he would see him again in Jagganatha Puri. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave Raghunatha a tulasi garland from his neck.

When Raghunatha 's parents passed away, he returned to Jagganatha Puri where he spent another eight months in the service of the Lord. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then sent Raghunatha to Vrindavana, to study the Srimad-Bhagavatam and other revealed scriptures under the guidance of Sri Sanatana Goswami and Sri Rupa Goswami. After some time Raghunatha's disciples built a temple for Sri Gaura Govinda in Vrindavana.

He passed away in 1579.