Srinivas Acharya

Srinivas Acharya

Srinivas Acharya is one of the most important personalities in the religious history of Bengal, perhaps the most important Vaishnava teacher. Srinivas’  parents were Chaitanya Das  Lakshmi Priya. They lived in the small village of Cakhandi, on the bank of the Ganges in the Burdwan district of Bengal.

Srinivas was born in the second or third decade of the sixteenth century on the auspicious full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha (April–May). He had broad chest, long elegant nose, beautiful lotus like eyes and arms extending down to his knees.

Srinivas Acharya married  to Draupadi who was a very great devotee and very knowledgeable. He had a daughter, Hemalata Thakurani.

At Kheturi, Bengal, he co-organized the first Gaura Purnima Festival (celebrating the anniversary of Caitanya Mahprabhu’s appearance in this world) with Narottama, Shyamananda, and thousands of other Vaishnavas.

In the early seventeenth century Srinivas was personally trained by Srila Jiva Goswami at the Sri Radha Damodar Temple. Srila Jiva Goswami passed the teachings of the Rupanuga Sampradaya on to him. It was Srila Jiva Goswami who gave Srinivas the title 'Acharya.'

Srinivas Acharya composed only five songs. He also wrote a commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam. He is the composer of famous Gosvami Astakam (“Eight Prayers to the Six Gosvami”)

Bhajans by Srinivas Acharya