In Their Vrndavana nitya madhurya lila Radha and Krishna are served by loving devotees with different degrees of intimacy. Manjaris, for example, are sweet innocent girls who assist Srimati Radharani even when She’s alone with Lord Syamasundara. Other servants keep some distance, and please the Divine Couple by collecting fruits, flowers, sandalwood and other items. Acaryas list eight topmost devotees of Radharani as the asta-sakhis: Lalita-sakhi, Visakha- sakhi, Ranga devi, Campakalata, Citra, Indulekha, Tungavidya, Sudevi. Each of these gopis has eight gopis serving under them. 8 x 8 = 64 very confidential associates.
When Radha and Krishna descend to this world as Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu these same 64 eternal associates take male forms to serve Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana pastimes. As you will see, the number of the Lord’s intimate associates exceeds 64, but authorities use the number 64 because this is an auspicious number. Slight variations appear in different listings of the 64 most intimate devotees. The devotees listed below, however, are most often mentioned. Most of these eternal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu have samadhis in the 64 Samadhis Area in Vrndavana.
-An excerpt from the book ‘The Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrndavana’ authored by Mahanidhi Swami.