Chaya Gosvāmī Sambandha Abda Nirṇaya (A Discussion in Relation to the Dates of the Six Gosvāmīs)

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Chaya Gosvāmī Sambandha Abda Nirṇaya (A Discussion in Relation to the Dates of the Six Gosvāmīs) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol. 2. Issue 2 in 1885. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura shares with his readers a list of dates that he discovered concerning the Six Gosvāmīs.

Chaya Gosvāmī Sambandha Abda Nirṇaya
(A Discussion in Relation to the Dates of the Six Gosvāmīs)

by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
(translated by Swami B.V. Giri)

While searching through some Vaiṣṇava manuscripts, we came across the following list of dates. Some of these seem to be certain. Some doubts arise concerning some of the dates.


Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī

Birth – 1410 Śakābdā (1488 CE)
Duration – 70 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 43 years
Residence at home – 29 years
Disappearance – 1480 Śakābdā (1558 CE) on the full moon of the month of Āṣāḍha

(According to this, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī was three years younger than Mahāprabhu. He lived for 25 years after the Lord’s disappearance)


Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī

Birth – 1411 Śakābdā (1489 CE)
Duration – 95 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 53 years
Residence at home – 22 years
Disappearance – 1486 Śakābdā (1564 CE) on the Śukla Dvādaśī of the month of Śrāvaṇa

Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī

Birth – 1455 Śakābdā (1534 CE) on the Śukla Tritīyā of the month of Pauṣa
Duration – 85 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 65 years
Residence at home – 20 years
Disappearance – 1540 Śakābdā (1618 CE)

(According to this, Jīva Gosvāmī was born the year that Mahāprabhu disappeared. This doesn’t seem to be right)


Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmi

Birth – 1427 Śakābdā (1505 CE)
Duration – 74 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 45 years
Residence at home – 28 years
Residence in Nīlācala – 1 year
Disappearance – 1501 Śakābdā (1579 CE) on the Śukla Daśamī of the month of Jyeṣṭha (this calculation is incorrect)


Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī

Birth – 1425 Śakābdā (1503 CE)
Duration – 75 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 45 years
Residence at home – 30 years
Disappearance – 1500 Śakābdā (1578 CE) on the Kṛṣṇa Pañcamī of the month of Śrāvaṇa (this calculation is incorrect)


Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī

Birth – 1428 Śakābdā (1506 CE)
Duration – 76 years
Residence in Vṛndāvana – 49 years
Residence at home – 19 years
Residence in Nīlācala – 8 years
Disappearance – 1504 Śakābdā (1580 CE) on the Śukla Dvādaśī of the month of Āśvina

Amongst our readers, if those who are aware of all these specific topics could kindly inform us by letter what they know for certain, we would be especially obliged to them.

(‘Chaya Gosvāmī Sambandha Abda Nirṇaya’ – A Discussion in Relation to the Dates of the Six Gosvāmīs – was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol. 2. Issue 2 in 1885, and translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)
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