Sri Vīrabhadra Gosāñi – Appearance day – 10 Nov, 2020

The topmost among all the branches of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu was Sri Vīrabhadra Gosāñi. In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (67) He is mentioned as an incarnation of Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu. Therefore Sri Vīrabhadra Gosāñi is nondifferent from Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
He is also said to be the main pillar in the hall of devotional service erected by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
He was the son of Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu and Vasudhā. His sister’s name was Gaṅgādevī. She was none other than the Goddess Ganga herself. He accepted initiation from Jāhnavā-devī.
In the village Jhāmaṭapura, district Hugli, Vīrabhadra Gosāñi had a disciple named Yadunāthācārya. Yadunāthācārya had two daughters—a real daughter named Śrīmatī and a foster daughter named Nārāyaṇī. Both of them married Sri Vīrabhadra Gosāñi.
Vīrabhadra Gosāñi had three disciples who are also celebrated as his sons—Gopījana-vallabha, Rāmakṛṣṇa, and Rāmacandra. The youngest, Rāmacandra, belonged to the Śāṇḍilya dynasty and had the surname Vaṭavyāla. He established his family at Khaḍadaha, and its members are known as the gosvāmīs of Khaḍadaha. The eldest disciple, Gopījana-vallabha, was a resident of a village known as Latā. The second, Rāmakṛṣṇa, lived near Māladaha, in a village named Gayeśapura.
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura notes that since these three disciples belonged to different gotras or dynasties, and also had different surnames and lived in different places, it is not possible to accept them as real sons of Vīrabhadra Gosāñi.
Although Vīrabhadra Gosāñi was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He presented Himself as a great devotee. And although the Supreme Godhead is transcendental to all Vedic injunctions, He strictly followed the Vedic rituals.
Two devotees of Lord Caitanya named Śrī Rāmadāsa and Gadādhara dāsa always lived with Śrī Vīrabhadra Gosāñi.
Śrī Rāmadāsa, also known as Abhirāma Ṭhākura, was one of the twelve gopālas, or cowherd boyfriends, of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu.

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