Visvanatha Chakravarti

Visvanatha Chakravarti

Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura (1626? - 1708?) was a Gaudiya Vaishnava acharya born in the village of Deva-gram within Nadia district, West Bengal, India. His parents were Radhi Sreni brahmanas. He also had two brothers named Rambhadra and Raghunatha.

His initiating guru was Sriyuta Krsnacarana Cakravarti of Saiyadabad, Murshidabad, who was fourth in the line from Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura. Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura resided with his guru for many years and composed many books during that time.

His studies of grammar, poetry and rhetoric were completed while he still lived at Nadia. There is a story that he defeated one conquering pandit while he himself was still only a student. From his childhood he was completely indifferent to household life. In order to keep him at home, his father had him married at a very young age. However, he finally renounced family life and came to live at Sri Vrindavana (Vrindavan). His family members tried to bring him back but were unsuccessful.

Sri Chakravarti Thakura took up residence with Sri Mukunda das, who lived in Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami's bhajana kutir at Radha-kunda. There he very intently studied the books and letters of the Gosvamis and composed many commentaries on their writings.

He used to worship a Deity named Golokananda. His another name was Sri Harivallabha dasa.

He composed the following books on Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology: Srimad-bhagavata-sararthadarsini-tika, Srimad-Bhagavad-gita- savartha-varsini-tika, Alankara-kaustubha- subodhini-tika, Ananda-Vrindavana-sukhvarthini-tika, Vidagdha-madhava-nataker-tika, Sri-Krsna-bhavanamrta-maha-kavya, Svapna-vilasamrta- kavya, Madhurya- kadambini, Aisvarya-kadambini, Stavamrta-lahiri, Camatkara-candrika, Gauranga-lilamrta,Ujjvala-nilamani-tika, Gopala-tapani-tika, Sri Caitanya-candramrta-tika, Ksanda-gita-cintamani. (There's more, too: Ragavartma-candamrta-lahari, Smarana-mangala, etc).

He died on the Vasanta-pancami in the month of Magha.

External links

* [ Books by Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura] Collection of his books in PDF Format - ISKCON Media Vedic Library

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