Books about Lord Caitanya

By editor - 19.4 2017

Books about Lord Caitanya and His pure eternal associates

srimad-bhagavatam divyam
puranam vacanam tada
gauranvayasya sampraptir
bhavisyati na samsayah

"Then he will hear the splendid Srimad Bhagavatam Purana, which predicts that the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in a fair-complexioned form. Of this there is no doubt." (Garga Samhita 5.24.83)

(1) Sri Caitanya-bhagavata by Srila Vrindavan das Thakura
(2) Sri Caitanya-caritamrta by Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja
(3) Sri Caitanya-mangala by Srila Locana das Thakura
(4) Sri Krsna Caitanya-caritamrta-maha-kavyam by Caitanya Dasa (elder brother of Kavi Karnapura)
(5) Sri Caitanya-candramrta by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati
(6) Sri Caitanya-candrodaya natakam by Kavi Karnapura
(7) Bhakti Ratnakara by Narahari Cakravarti
(8) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's incarnation is authorized, compiled by Kusakratha Das
(9) Glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, many prayers compiled by Kusakratha Das
(10) Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika by Kavi Karnapura
(11) Gaura-caritra-samudra by Narahari Cakravarti
(12) Sri Gaura-krsnodaya by Srimad Govinda-deva Kavi
(13) Sriman Mahaprabhor Asta-kaliya-lila Smarana Mangala Stotram (daily eight-fold pastimes of Lord Gauranga, Sanskrit) by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Rupa Gosvami's Gauranga-smarana-mangala-astakam and Visvanatha's Svapna Vilasamrta.
(14) Commentary on Sriman Mahaprabhor Asta-kaliya-lila Smarana Mangala Stotram in Bengali (Krsna das, disciple of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura).
(15) Sri Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala-stotram by Bhaktivinoda Thakura
(16) Navadvipa-bhava-taranga by Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Bhaja godruma kanana
(17) Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya Pramana Khanda & Parikrama Khanda by Bhaktivinoda Thakura
(18) Navadvipa-sataka by Prabodhanada Sarasvati
(19) Narottama Vilasa by Narahari Cakravarti
(20) Rasika Mangala by Gopijana-vallabha Das
(21) Srinivas-carita by Narahari Cakravarti
(22) Shyamananda Prakash by Krsnacaran Das
(23) Shyamananda-satakam by Rasikananda Deva
(24) Karnananda by By Yadunandana Das
(25) Prema-vivarta by Jagadananda Pandit
(26) Namamrta Samudra by Narahari Cakravarti
(27) Sri Gaura-premollasa-stotram by Nandakisora Gosvami
(28) Prema-vilasa by Nityananda Dasa
(29-33) Gitavali, Saranagati, Kalyana-kalpataru, Gitamala, Baul-sangit by Bhaktivinoda Thakura
(34) Hari-nama-cintamani by Bhaktivinoda Thakura 
(35) Krsna-prema-tarangini (full Bhagavatam in Bengali) by Bhagavatacarya
(36) Gitamrta by Purnacandra Das

Key Events in the Life of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

(1486-1533 AD - 47 years)

Dasaratha-suta Das

February 18, 1486 - His birth in Sri Mayapura
August, 1486 (age 6 months) ceremony of giving first grains, and ceremony of offering coins and the Srimad-Bhagavatam (He chose the Bhagavatam)
1494 (age 8) - He begins His schooling under Ganga Dasa Pandita
1496 (age 10) - He becomes a scholar; His brother Visva-rupa takes sannyasa
1500 (age 14) - He marries Srimati Laksmi-Priya
1502 (age 16) - He starts His own school, teaching Sanskrit grammar
1503 (age 17) - He travels to Gaya and accepts initiation from Isvara Puri
1509 (age 23) - He propagates the sankirtana movement; He delivers Chand Kazi
1510 (age 24) - He formally accepts the renounced order of sannyasa
February 1510 (age 25) - He travels to Puri, Orissa; He visits the Deity Saksi-Gopala
March 1510 - He meets with Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and converts him to Vaisnavism
April 1510 - He continues toward South India; He meets Ramananda Raya
August-November 1510 - He spends Caturmasya in Ranga-ksetra
June 1511 (age 26) - He returns to Jagannatha Puri
October 1514 (age 28) - He travels to Bengal and meets Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamis
June 1515 (age 29) - He returns to Puri via Santipura; He starts for Sri Vrndavana
June 1516 (age 30) - He returns to Puri, remaining there for His final 17 years (to 1533)
1516-1522 - He inspires active preaching work while based in Puri, devotees from Bengal visit Him every year around the time of Ratha yatra
March 1517 (age 31) - Sri Rupa Gosvami arrives from Vrndavana; then Sri Sanatana
July 1517 - Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami is freed from family duties and comes to Puri also
March 1518 (age 32) - Sri Sanatana is sent Vrndavana; Vallabhacarya arrives
1520 (age 34) - The passing away of Sri Haridasa Thakura is celebrated
1532 (age 46) - The Mahaprabhu's distressful separation from Lord Krsna increases markedly
1533 (age 47) - His disappearance pastime in the temple of Tota Gopinatha, entering aprakata lila (CBh 2.10.283-284, 2.23.513)

Memorial Paraphernalia from the Caitanya Era

Dasaratha-suta Das

(A) Personal Items

(1) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's wooden sandals, clay water-pot and quilt - in His room called Gambhira at the Sri Radha-Kanta Matha, Jagannatha Puri.

(2) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's shawl (upper cloth) - at the Sri Madana-Mohana Mandira, Saithiya Bhadrak District, Orissa (on the bank of the Salindi River).

(3) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's wooden sandals, cloth and water-pot - at the Grantha-Mandira Sri Bhagavatacarya-Patabadi, Varaha-nagara, Calcutta.

(4) A wooden seat (asana) that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sent to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami - at Sri Radha-Ramana Mandira, Vrndavana (mentioned in many biographies).

(5) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's wooden sandals - at Udaya Giri near Bhuvanesvara in Orissa.

(6) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's wooden paddle (that He used to cross the Ganga) - at Sri Gauridasa Pandita's Mandira, Ambika Kalna, Bengal, Nadiya District (mentioned in Bhakti-Ratnakara, 7.335).

(7) Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's turban - at Sri Haridasa Gosvami's home Navadvipa.

(8) Sriman Nityananda Prabhu's Ananta-Sila, Tripura-Sundari-Yantra, and wooden walking-stick - at Khadadaha Mandira, Bengal.

(9) Sri Sanatana Gosvami's fine Bhutanese blanket - at Etoya on the Yamuna River.

(10) Sri Abhirama Thakura's whip named Jaya-Mangala and his stick named Brahma-Danda - at his temple in Khana-kula Krsna-nagara, Bengal.

(11) Sri Haridasa Thakura's bead-bag and walking stick - at the Haridasa Thakura Matha, Jagannatha Puri, Orissa.

(12) Sri Raghu-nandana Thakura's ankle-bells - at the Mahanta Bati in Kudui-grama, Varddhamana, Bengal.

(13) Srinivasa Acarya Prabhu's wooden sandals - at Vana-Visnu-Pura, Bankuda.

(14) Sri Rasikananda Prabhu's neck-beds and quilt - at Sripata Gopi-vallabha-pura.

(15) Sri Locana Dasa Thakura's stone sitting-place that he had used when writing Sri Caitanya-Mangala - at Ko-grama, Varddhamana District.

(16) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's piece of dhoti - kept in the family of Lokanatha Swami (ISKCON). Part of it also keeps Indradyumna Swami.

(B) Original Handwriting

(1) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's handwritten Bhagavad-Gita - at Ambika Kalna in Gauridasa Pandita's Mandira (mentioned in Bhakti-Ratnakara, 7.340)

(2) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's handwritten notes between the lines of Bhagavad-Gita that was handwritten by Sri Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami - at Bharata-Pura.

(3) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's handwritten notes on Srimad-Bhagavatam manuscript - Denuda, Varaha-nagar at Patabadi Library, Varddhamana District.

(4) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's handwritten copy of the book Candi-Grantha - at Buru-grama, District Sri Hatta, Bengal.

(5) Sri Gadadhara Pandita's handwritten Srimad-Bhagavatam - at Denuda.

(6) Handwritten books by Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami - at Sri Radha Damodara Mandira in Vrndavana and at Haribol Kutira, Navadvipa,

(7) Sri Vrndavana Dasa Thakur's handwritten Sri Caitanya-Bhagavatam - at Denuda.

(8) Sri Bhagavat Acarya's handwritten Prema-Tarangini - at Varaha-nagara Patabadi.

(9) A letter written by Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami pertaining to Sri Radha-Kunda - at Radha Kunda and in the library at Panihati.

(10) A bill of sale for some land in Vraja, written from a local resident to Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami - at Varaha-nagara Library.

(11) An old letter written by Humayuna Bada Shah regarding the prohibition of killing animals in Vraja - at Sri Vrndavana.

(C) Sacred Footprints

(1) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's footprints in stone - at the Jagannatha Mandira, Puri, Orissa. Formerly, these were next to the pillar called Garuda-stambha, but they were moved to a small temple near the north gate of Mandira.

(2) Impression of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's body offering full dandavat (prostrated obeisances with all limbs) - at the Alalanatha Mandira, 14 miles from Puri.

(3) Sri Advaita Prabhu's footprints - upon a grindstone at Jhadu-Mandala in Sri Vrndavana.

(4) Sri Krsna's footprints - atop the mountain called Carana-Pahadi in Kamyavana (one of the 12 forests of Vraja).

(5) Footprints of Sri Krsna and hoofprints of His cows - at carana-pahadi in the village of Baithana in Vraja.

(6) Rocks from Govardhana Hill bearing Sri Krsna's footprint - at the Radha-Damodara Mandira in Sri Vrndavana and also in Jaipura.

(7) Sri Krsna's footprints in rock atop the hill of Nandisvara (Nanda-grama) in Vraja.

(8) A rock from Govardhana Hill bearing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's thumb-print, which He gave to Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami - at Radha-Gokulananda Mandira, Vrndavana.

(D) Early Deities

(1) Deity of Sri Gaura established by Sri Visnu-priya - at Navadvipa (mentioned by Murari Gupta in Caitanya-Carita, 4.14.8).

(2) Sri Nitai Gaura established by Gauridasa Pandita - at Ambika Kalna (mentioned by Murari Gupta in Sri Caitanya-Carita, 4.14.12).

(3) Sri Nitai-Gaura established by Murari Gupta - at Bana-Khandi Mahadeva, Vrndavana.

(4) Sri Gaura-Govinda established by Sri Kasisvara Pandita - at Sri Govinda Mandira in Vrndavana (mentioned in Sadhan-Dipika, Ch. 2, page 24).

(5) Sri Gaura-Nityananda established by Sri Mahesa Pandita - at Cakadaha, Palapada.

(6) Sri Gaura-Gopala established by Sri Jagadisa Pandita - at Yasoda, Nadiya.

(7) Three Deities of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that were made during His presence - one installed by Narahari Sarakara Thakura at Srikhanda; one installed by Sri Gadadhara Dasa at Katoya and one installed by Sri Kamsari Ghosa at Ganga-nagara (Baguda).

(8) Sri Laksmi-priya and Gauranga discovered in an abandoned barn by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura - at Khetuda (mentioned in Bhakti-Ratnakara, 10.191-203).

(9) Sri Sri Yaso-Madhava discovered by Sri Jagannatha Thakura - at Adiyala, Daka.

(10) Sri Meyo-Krsna served by Sri Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami - at Bharata-pura, Mursidabad Districts.

(11) Sri Bala Gopala served by Sri Satya-bhanu Upadhyaya (the wandering vipra mentioned in Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata) - at Sri Haridasa Gosvami's home, Navadvipa.

(12) Sri Ksira-cora Gopinatha - at Remuna Orissa.

(13) Sri Gopinatha served by Sri Abhirama Thakura - at Khana-Kula Krsna-nagara.

(14) Sri Tota-Gopinatha found by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Yamesvara Tota - at Jagannatha Puri, Orissa

(15) Sri Saksi-Gopala - formerly at Kataka, now at a temple near Puri.

Deities Established By The Gosvamis

(16) Sri Govinda installed by Srila Rupa Gosvami at Vrndavana - now in Jaipura.

(17) Sri Madana-Mohana installed by Srila Sanatana Gosvami at Vrndavana - in Karauli.

(18) Sri Radha Damodara installed by Srila Jiva Gosvami in Vrndavana - in Jaipura.

(19) Sri Radha-Ramana installed by Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami - in Vrndavana.

(20) Sri Gopinatha installed by Srila Madhu Pandita Gosvami at Vrndavana - in Jaipura.

(21) Sri Radha-Vinoda installed by Srila Lokanatha Gosvami - now in Jaipura.

(22) Sri Syama-Sundara installed by Srila Syamananda Prabhu - now in Jaipura.

(23) Sri Gokulananda installed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura - in Vrndavana along with Sri Radha-Vijaya-Govinda of Srila Baladeva Vidya-bhusana and Sri Caitanya of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura.

Deities Established In Vraja By Vajra-nabha, Sri Krsna's Great-grandson

(24-27) Four Devas - (in Vrndavana) Sri Govinda-deva; (in Mathura) Sri Kesava-deva; (in Govardhana) Sri Hari-deva; (in Maha-vana) Sri Baladeva.

(28-31) Four Gopalas - (in Vrndavana) Saksi-Gopala, Gopinath-Gopala, Madana-Gopala; (in Govardhana) Srinatha-Gopala.

(32-35) Four Sivas - (in Mathura) Bhutesvara; (in Vrndavana) Gopisvara; (in Govardhana) Cakresvara; (in Kamya-vana) Kamesvara.

(36-39) Four Devis - (in Mathura) Maha-Devi; (in Vrndavana) Vrnda-Devi; (in Cira-Ghata) Katyayani; (in Sanketa) Sanketak Sanketa-Vasini.