• Biography,  Festival,  Philosophy

    Sri Sridhara Pandita

    Among the innumerable devotees of Lord Chaitanya there was an exceptional devotee named Kholavecha Sridhara. In Krishna Lila his name was Kusumasava. “Kholaveca” is a nickname meaning bark-seller. He used to sell banana leaves, stems, flowers, and bark. Given their abundance in Bengal where he used to live, this was certainly not a lucrative business. Sridhara Pandit was a resident of Navadwip. He used to live at the northern extremity of Mayapur and to the southeast of the Chand Kazi’s Samadhi, in the place which is now known as Sridhara Angan. He was materially very poor but nevertheless a great example of how even a man in utter penury could…

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    Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

    Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami was born in 1496 in a family of physicians in the village of Jhamatpur, within the district of Barddhaman in Nadiya. His father was Bhagiratha, and mother Sunanda. He had a younger brother named Shyamananda das. Worship of the Deities of  Gaura-Nityananda installed by Srila Krishadasa Kaviraja in this village continues to this day. Of his life before arriving in Vrindavan, little is known. In the Chaitanya Charitamrta, Adi-lila chapter five, Srila Kaviraja relates the cause of his leaving family life and heading to Vrindavan. “Lord Nityananda Prabhu had a servant named Sri Minaketana Ramadasa, who was a reservoir of love. At my house, there was sankirtana…