Narottama Dasa Thakura
(1466(?)–?), also known as Thakura Mahasaya
is a Gaudiya Vaishnava
saint who was responsible for spreading Vaishnava bhakti
in and outside of Bengal
in India. Narottama dasa was the son of King Krishnananda Datta and Narayani Devi who resided in Gopalpur Pargana of the Rajsahi district of Bangladesh
. According to some, after the death of his father he entrusted his royal duties to the eldest paternal uncle's son and left for Vrindavan
His life is described in Prema-vilasa
. In Vrindavan
Narottama was received by Rupa Gosvami
and Sanatana Gosvami
. After Narottama was initiated by Lokanatha Gosvami
who in turn instructed him to go and study from Jiva Goswami
. He traveled to Bengal with other sadhus
(holy men) to distribute devotional writings to the general public.
Fifty years after the disappearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Narottama organized annual festivals in Bengal, which served to keep the Gaudiya philosophy unified. The significant meeting took place in Kheturi
where the Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology
of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sect was defined. The exact year of this event is unknown but some say that it was around 1572.
Narottama Dasa is best known for his devotional poetry wherein he describes emotionally intense feelings towards Radha
. His prayers Sri Rupa Manjari Pada
and Sri Guru Carana...