Appearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami and disappearance day of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj

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Gopal Bhatta Goswami was one of the six goswamis of Vrindavan, who were dear associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and were residing in Vraja to fulfill his desire of manifesting the holy pastime places of Shyamsundar and writing transcendental literatures on the sublime topics of Bhakti. The son of Vyenkata Bhatta and the nephew of Srila Prabhodananda Saraswati, the author of the masterpiece Sri Vrindavan Mahimamrita, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami stayed with his parents, who were great devotees of the Sri Sampradaya, and served them till they stayed on this planet earth, in accordance with the instructions of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

After the departure of his parents, Gopal Bhatta went to Sri Vrindavan Dham and stayed there in the association of Srila Rupa and Sanatan Goswami. Before going to Vrindavan, he went to the Gandaki river and there eleven Shilas came into his bathing pot while he was taking a dip in the sacred river. Not certain of whether he should take them along with him or not, he put them back in the river. However, when the same Shillas came twice more in his lota, he understood it to be the desire of the Lord that he should worship them, and therefore he took them with him and continued worshiping them while residing under various trees in Vrindavan.

Once, when a wealthy devotee came to Vraja and was offering various beautiful clothes and jewelry for the deities of the different Goswamis and also gave him beautiful ornaments and dresses, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami lamented not being able to beautifully decorate the three-fold bending gorgeous form of the Lord, as his worshipable Shillas were all round and did not show the divine bodily features of the Lord. Thinking in this way he went to sleep, and to his utter surprise, in the morning, one of the Shillas had transformed into a deity of Tribhang lalita Shyamsundar. Being the combined form of Sri Madanmohan, Sri Govinda and Sri Gopinath, with his tapering thighs and lotus feet resembling those of Madanmohan, his slender waist and broad chest appearing just like that of Govinda, and his lotus face, oozing nectar, was as splendid as that of Sri Gopinath, Radha Raman was exceedingly beautiful and captivating. Seeing the spellbinding form of the Lord, Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami was overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy and along with the other goswamis, he performed a grand appearance festival of Sri Radha Raman, after which he decorated his divine form with the ornaments and clothes that he had received. Indeed, Sri Radha Raman had appeared in this most enchanting form just for the pleasure of Gopal Bhatta Goswami, as the desire of his pure devotee is surely fulfilled by the Lord.

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami authored the Vaishnava Samskara book named Sri Satkriya Sar Deepika and also assisted Srila Sanatan Goswami with Sri Hari Bhakti Vilas. Today, on the auspicious day of his holy appearance, we pray for his mercy so that we may be able to progress in our devotional service to the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.

This day also marks the disappearance day of Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj, the disciple of Srinivas acharya and dear friend of Srila Narottam das thakur. Born in the town of Sarajani in the family of Sunanda and Chiranjiv Sen, he was the elder of two brothers, who were both great devotees of the Lord. Due to his poetic expertise, he was blessed with the title Kaviraj by Srila Jiva goswami and other vaishnavas in Vrindavan, who were all very pleased with his compositions in the glorification of the Lord. May Srila Ramachandra Kaviraj, who is karuna manjari in Golok Vrindavan, shower his karuna(mercy) upon us and bless us with Krishna bhakti.