Govinda Das

(1535 -1613 / Teliabudhuri / India)

Govinda Das
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Govindadasa was a Bengali Vaishnava poet known for his body of devotional songs addressed to Krishna. Living in an atmosphere of Krishna-bhakti preached by Sri Chaitanya(1486–1533), he composed extensively on the Radha-Krishna love legend. He is also known as Govinda Das Kaviraja.


Govindadasa, the younger son of Chiranjiva and SulochanA, was born in Teliabudhuri in Murshidabad district, but may have spent some time in his mother's ancestral home in Srikhanda, a village in Bardhaman district which was one of the centers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. His grandfather (Sulochana's father) Damodar Sen was also a poet, the author of sangIt dAmodar. His brother Ramachandra Sen... more »

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Pekhalu Gauracandra Nata Raja

I saw Lord Gauracandra, the king of dancers!
How has He become so like a golden mountain walking in the midst of Navadvipa?

He is a kalpa-taru tree that sprinkles the honey of ecstatic spiritual love on the devotees that approach His feet.
The shade of that tree brings newer and newer bliss and peace.

The waves of His tears flood the three worlds.
How many celestial Gangas are they like?
How many rain-pouring clouds are they like?
Lord Nityanandacandra and AbhiramaThakura are like two suns that circle around Him in the dancing-arena.

Rapt in samadhi, ...

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