- Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami (1505-1579 CE) was a disciple of the
Vaishnavasaint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and member of the influential Gaudiya Vaishnavagroup collectiveley known as the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan. He is regarded by followers in the Gaudiya tradition as an ideal practitioner of the Bhakti yogasystem.
Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami was born in a devotional family in Eastern Bengal. His father, Tapana Mishra was a devout
Vaishnavaand would sometimes invite Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to dine at his house. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Sri Tapana Misra's home, Raghunatha Bhatta would often massage his feet.
In his early years Raghunatha spent much time in study, becoming adept in Sanskrit grammar and rhetoric and well versed in the scriptures. When his formal studies were complete his father sent him to
Puri, where he again met Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, spending eight months in his service and cooking for him on a regular basis. Pleased by his service Chaitanya Mahaprabhu offered Raghunatha a tulsigarland from around his own neck.
After Raghunatha Bhatta's parents had died, he returned to Jagannath Puri where he spent a further eight months in Mahaprabhu's service. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then sent Raghunatha to Vrindavana, to study the
Bhagavata Puranaand other Vedic and Puranicscriptures under the guidance of his disciples Rupa Goswamiand Sanatana Goswami. It is here that he officially became part of the Six Goswamisgroup.
Some time after Raghunatha's passing, his disciples built a temple for Sri Gaura
Govindain Vrindavana. He is offered respects as a guruby all of the current lineages of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.
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