Six Goswamis of Vrindavan

The six Goswamis of Vrindavan were sent by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish the places of pilgrimage in Vrindavan. These six Goswamis were bona fide spiritual masters situated on the highest platform of devotional service to God, and for that reason they were called goswamis.

They were Sanatana Goswami, Rupa Goswami, Raghunath Dasa Goswami, Gopala Bhatta Goswami, Jiva Goswami, and Raghunath Bhatta Goswami. Sri Rupa and Sanatana Goswami first came to Vrindavan in 1515 to uncover the lost places of Krishna’s pastimes.

They followed the strictest standard of devotional service or spiritual practices. Raghunath Dasa Goswami’s daily activities included chanting 64 rounds of japa, worshiping his Govardhan shila, bathing thrice in Radha Kund, offering 1,000 obeisances to Krishna, and offering 2,000 obeisances to the devotees of Krishna, plus embracing them. He rested ninety minutes a day and some days not at all. Throughout his life, Raghunath Dasa Goswami never ate anything for sense gratification.