of Radha Kunda Appearance
of Radha Kunda in the Material World
Lord Chaitanya Rediscovers Radha and Syama Kundas
Raghunatha dasa Goswami Excavates Radha and Syama Kundas
Bathing at the Kundas Goswami
Temples at Radha Kunda
Ma Janava's Sitting Place Raghunatha
dasa Goswami's Samadhi
Krishna dasa Kaviraja's Bhajan Kutira
Panca Pandava Ghat
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's Bhajan Kutira
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Sitting Place
Giriraja Maharaja Mandir and Caran Cinha
dasa Goswami Samadhi
Here is the samadhi of Srila
Raghunatha Dasa Goswami who was affectionately known to all the Gaudiya
Vaisnavas as dasa Goswami, he was one of the most intimate, as well as important
followers of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Raghunatha dasa was born in Bengal in the
year 1494, as the son of a very wealthy landowner. During his youth he heard
about the glories of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his only desire was to join
the Lord and serve His lotus feet.
On one occasion Raghunatha dasa met Lord Nityananda at
Panihati, The Lord
ordered him to organize a big festival where various preparations of cida-dadhi
(flat rice and yogurt) were distributed to thousands of devotees. Lord
Nityananda blessed Raghunatha that in the future he would get the mercy of Lord Chaitanya.
Even though Raghunatha dasa came from a very wealthy family, he had
absolutely no interest in material affairs. On a number of occasions, much to
the consternation of his loving parents, Raghunatha dasa tried to run away from
home and join Lord Chaitanya in Jagannatha Puri.
disturbed by their son’s behaviour, Raghunatha’s parents
arranged his marriage to a very beautiful girl in the hope that it would help
him settle down, but Raghunatha had absolutely no interest in family life and at
the age of nineteen, managed to escape from home, and made his way to Jagannatha
Puri where he took shelter of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
At Jagannatha Puri, Lord
Chaitanya placed Raghunatha under the care of
Svarupa Damodra Goswami, the Lord’s principle secretary. Raghunatha dasa was
the embodiment of renunciation and only ate enough to keep his body and soul
together. It is said that his strict regulative principles were exactly like
lines etched in stone, as such lines can never be erased. Raghunatha dasa
continued to render confidential service to Lord Chaitanya up until the end of
the Lord’s manifest pastimes on earth, in the year 1534.
After the disappearance of Lord
Chaitanya, Raghunatha dasa Goswami
journeyed to Vrindavana to meet Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis. Raghunatha who was
feeling great separation from Lord Chaitanya, had decided to end his life by
jumping down from Govardhana Hill. Rupa and Sanatana convinced him to join their
company, accepting him as their younger brother.
Chaitanya had presented Raghunatha dasa His own Govardhana-sila to
worship as well as a gunja-mala,
sacred to Radharani. Rupa and Sanatana took this as a sign that Raghunatha
should take shelter of Govardhana Hill and reside on the banks of Radha-kunda.
On their advice, Raghunatha spent the rest of his life at Radha-kunda.
In the year 1583, after almost forty eight years of performing bhajana
on the banks of the sacred kunda. Raghunatha dasa Goswami finally entered
samadhi. In those days of the repressive Mogul rule, it was decided to burn the
sacred body of Raghunatha dasa Goswami, so that the Muslim fanatics could not at
some time in the future, dig up his sacred body and desecrate it. Srila Jiva Goswami personally performed the last rites and had the sacred ashes of
Raghunatha dasa Goswami placed in samadhi here
at this spot on the banks of Radha-kunda.
The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika says
that Raghunatha dasa Goswami was Rasa-Manjari in Krishna’s pastimes. Sometimes
it is said he was Rati-manjari. In the sacred memory of Raghunatha dasa Goswami,
a twenty-four hour akhand kirtana is
being performed next to his samadhi.