Kaliya Krishna Dasa – Biography

Kaliya Krishna Dasa

In Vraja, Kala Krishna Das was Krishna’s cowherd friend named Lavanga. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 132) (In the image: Krishna and His Friends).

   kalah shri-krishnadasa sa yo lavangah sakha vraje
   In Vraja, Kala Krishna Das was Krishna’s cowherd friend named Lavanga. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 132)
   Kaliya Krishna Das was known throughout the three worlds. One can attain Gaurachandra through remembrance of him. (Chaitanya Bhagavat 3.5.740)
   Lavanga Sakha is one of the twelve Gopals. His Shripata is in the town of Akai Hata, within the jurisdiction of Katwa just off the road which leads from Navadwip to Katwa. It is about two miles south of the Katwa train station and one mile north of Dain Hata station. Near the Shripata is a tank called Nupur Kund. It is said that the ankle bell of Raghunandan Thakur, the son of the Khandavasi Mukunda, fell here. Others say that it was Nityananda Prabhu’s ankle bell.
   In his Anubhashya commentary to the Chaitanya Charitamrita, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur has written:
   He had two sons named Shri Mohana Das and Shri Gauranga Das, or Vrindavan Das. Their descendants still live in the Sonatala village. There they celebrate Kala Krishna Das’s disappearance day on the twelfth day of the waning moon in the month of Agrahayan. The Deity which he worshiped was named Kala Chand.
   Kala Krishna Das was the best of the Vaishnavas. He knew nothing other than Nityananda Prabhu’s lotus feet. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.11.37)
    When Jahnava Devi came to Katwa, Kala Krishna Das was in her entourage.
   They all arrived in Kantaka Nagara (Katwa) with company of many Devotees, including Kala Krishna Das from Akai Hata. (Bhakti-ratnakara 10.409)
   The Kala Krishna Das who accompanied Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Southern India was not the same personality. (Anubhashya, 2.7.39)
   [Excerpted from “Shri Chaitanya: His Life & Associates” by Shrila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj]