Vrindavan; which is also regarded as the most religious city by the various religious traditions is also known as the forest (van) of sacred basil plants (Vrinda) and is eternally blessed by the divinity of Krishna’s pastimes is also known for its Gaudiya Vaishnava religious teachers or Goswamis. During 15th century, with the advent of Bhakti movement Chaitanya Mahaprabhu the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnava sect came to Vrindavan and excavated the sites of Krishna’s pastimes along with his followers. The Goswamis or the close followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are still managing the religious heritage of Gaudiya Vaishnavas within the Vrindavan city all over. The famous among these who supported Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s religious heritage and spread their teaching throughout were:
- Srila Sanatana Goswami: He established the worship of the famous deity of Madan Mohan. With his inspiration, Kapur Ram Das of Multan built the famous temple of Madan Mohan in Vrindavan.
- Srila Rupa Goswami: He excavated the three fold bent deity of Lord Govind dev and established it in the temple of Govind-dev in Vrindavan.
- Raghunath Bhatt Goswami: He served Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for many years. Later on with the inspiration of his guru he came to Vrindavan to study the Bhagvat Purana and have the knowledge of other scriptures under Srila Sanatana Goswami and Srila Rupa Goswami.
- Jiva Goswami: He established the worship of the deity of Lord Damodar which was given to him by Srila Rupa Goswami.
- Gopal Bhatt Goswami: He manifested the beautiful deity of Shri Radha Raman from one of his Shaligram stones.
- Raghunath Das Goswami: He served Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for many years in Puri and after that he went to Vrindavan and spent most of his time there living near Radha Kunda chanting the names of Krishna and spreading the teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavas.