The famous sannyasi named Bilvamangala Thakura is also known as Lilasuka. Suka means "parrot". He intensely desired to enter into the eternal pastimes of the Lord, and he lived at Vrindavana for seven hundred years in the vicinity of Brahma-kunda, a still-existing bathing tank in Vrindavana.This name was given by his guru Somagiri on account of his merit in describing the loving lila or sports of Sri Krishna. He appeared in the eighth century Saka era in the province of Dravida and was the chief disciple of Visnusvami.
The fact that Bilvamangala was at first a Sankarite follower before his conversion into Vaishnavism . Before Sankara, Vaishnavism was making headway in the south under the active patronage of King Kulasekhara of Kerala, who was the author of the immortal Vaishnava poem Mukunda-mala-stotra.Bilvamangala's conversion to Vaishnavism was quite possible in an age of religious revival, when the disciples of Sankara founded the maths at Trichur dedicated to Lord Visnu in His manifestation of Parthasarathi and Narasimha. The memory of Bilvamangala is still fresh at Trichur and other parts of the Kerala state.
He has recorded his transcendental experiences and appreciation in the book known as Krishna-karnamrita. Bilvamangala was the founder of the Dvarakadhisha temple at Dvaraka.