Sri Raghunandan Thakur is the incarnation of cupid. He is Pradyumna, the third in the chaturvyuha, the son of Sri Krishna. He appeared in the year 1432 Shakabda in the house of Mukunda das, in Srikhand, to participate in the pastimes of Sri Sachinandan Gaurahari.
The famous pastime of Deity Gopinath eating the offering
When Raghunadan Thakura was just five years old, his father Mukunda das had to go somewhere. He instructed Raghunandan to offer bhoga to the family Gopinath deity before leaving. When the father Mukunda das returned home, and asked Raghunandan for the remnants of the Lord, Raghunandan innocently replied that the Lord had eaten everything that he had offered and had not left any remnants. Indeed, being bound by the love of the small boy Raghunandan, who told the Lord to come and eat, the Lord ate everything that had been offered.
Being very surprised to hear that, Mukunda das, on another day, again asked his son to offer bhoga to the deity. Desirous to see what happens, Mukunda das returned home right after leaving and hid to see the wondrous feat of his son feeding the Lord. Raghunandan again lovingly told Gopinath to come and eat and so Gopinath began eating the offering. However, he stopped immediately when Mukunda das entered inside. Seeing the greatness of his son, Mukunda das cried tears of joy and embraced his dear son.
Even today, those who are greatly fortunate can still see that half-eaten laddu in Gopinatha’s lotus hand.
Who is the father and who is the son?
Later on, while visiting Mahaprabhu, Gaurahari once asked Mukunda das whether he was the father and Raghunandan the son or was Raghunandan the father and he the son, to which, Mukunda das replied that indeed Raghunandan was the father, and they got their devotion for the Lord from him. Mahaprabhu was very pleased to hear this.
Raghiunandan Thakur was a very dear associate of Mahaprabhu, who would come every year to puri with Mukunda das and Narahari Sarkar, his uncle, and would participate in the Sankirtan group of the devotees of Srikhanda during the Rathayatra festival. He later also participated in the Kheturi festival and Narahari Sarkar’s memorial festival in Srikhanda.
Before departing from this world, he blessed Srinivas prabhu to be able to preach the mission of Mahaprabhu, as he was very affectionate towards Srinivas prabhu. Thereafter, on the auspicious day of shukla paksh chaturthi of shravana masa, he entered into the eternal pastimes of the Lord.