Sri Bhavananda Raya
Sri Bhavananda Raya dedicated himself and His entire family of five sons (Ramananda Raya, Gopinatha, Vaninatha, Kalanidhi, Sudhanidhi) to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Once the Lord happily embraced him saying, “Bhavananda, you are Pandu. And your five sons are the five Pandavas. I consider your sons to be like My relatives. These five brothers are all My eternal servants life after life.”
An ideal father, Bhavananda led his sons on the path of liberation from repeated birth and death. He fully engaged them in pure devotional service of Radha Giridhari’s combined form of beauty, love, and mercy—- Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
His nama samadhi is in the 64 Samadhis Area.
Sri Bhugarbha Gosvami
A disciple of Sri Gadadhara Pandit, Sri Bhugarbha Gosvami shared an intimate friendship with Sri Lokanatha Gosvami. Inspired by Lord Caitanya, they were the first and most senior devotees to settle in Vrndavana. Before the arrival of Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Gosvamis they tried to uncover the lost holy places of Radha-Govindaji.
Unlike the aggressive approach of modern scientists to discover the unknown, Bhugarbha and Lokanatha Gosvamis found Sri Krishna’s pastime forests by the humble method of surrender. They simply wandered around Vrndavana calling out the names of her twelve forests, “Bhandiravan, Kamyavan, Mahavan, Talavan …” And Srimati Vrnda Devi (the maintainer of the forests and an expansion of Krishna’s pastime potency) revealed the exact location of each and every forest.
It is told that to avoid material distractions Bhugarbha would perform his bhajana underground. So, he received the name Bhugarbha (bhu means earth, garbha means cave, womb, hidden place) He is Prema-manjari or Bhadra Rekhika in Radha Gopinatha’s nitya-nikunja lila. His samadhi stands near Sri Rupa Gosvami’s in the Radha Damodara temple courtyard.
-An excerpt from the book ‘The Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrndavana’ authored by Mahanidhi Swami.