RAGHUNATHA BHATTA GOSVAMI

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Six Gosvamis of Vrindavana

Raghunātha Bhattācārya, or Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī, one of the six Gosvāmīs, was the son of Tapana Miśra. Born in approximately 1425 Śakābda (A.D. 1503), he was expert in reciting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and in Antya-līlā, Chapter Thirteen, it is stated that he was also expert in cooking; whatever he cooked would be nectarean. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was greatly pleased to accept the food that he cooked, and Raghunātha Bhatta used to take the remnants of food left by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Raghunātha Bhattācārya lived for eight months in Jagannātha Purī, after which Lord Caitanya ordered him to go to Vrindāvana to join Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked Raghunātha Bhattācārya not to marry but to remain a brahmacārī (celibate), and He also ordered him to read Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam constantly. Thus he went to Vrindāvana, where he engaged in reciting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. He was so expert in reciting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam that he would recite each and every verse in three melodious tunes. While Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī was living with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the Lord blessed him by offering him betel nuts offered to the Jagannātha Deity and a garland of tulasī said to be as long as fourteen cubits. Under Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī’s order, one of his disciples constructed the Govinda temple. Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī supplied all the ornaments of the Govinda Deity. He never talked of nonsense or worldly matters but always engaged in hearing about Krishna twenty-four hours a day. He never cared to hear blasphemy of a Vaiśnava. Even when there were points to be criticized, he used to say that since all the Vaisnavas were engaged in the service of the Lord, he did not mind their faults. Later Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī lived by Rādhā-kunda in a small cottage. In the Gaura-ganoddeśa-dīpikā (185) it is said that Raghunātha Bhatta Gosvāmī was formerly the gopī named Rāga-manjarī.

[The Bhaktivedanta Purport to the Caitanya Caritamrita – Adi Līla 10.158]

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