Sri Lochana Dasa Thakura was born in 1523 in Kograma, within the Katwa block of Burdwan district. This village is about ten miles north of Guskara prepare station. The Thakur’s house is located close to the Ajaya River. He was born on the primary day of the fortnight of the waxing moon in Paush. He was born within the Radheya clan of the doctor caste (vaidya). His father’s identify was Kamalakara Das, his mom’s Sadanande. Lochana Dasa studied at his maternal grandfather’s home. He displayed devotion for Mahaprabhu from his childhood.
Lochana Dasa was married at a really younger age. His in-laws’ family was within the village of Amedpura Kakua. Nonetheless, although he had entered the married station, he was extraordinarily renounced and spent all his time discussing Krishna-katha with different Devotees of Gauranga.
Since Lochana Dasa was married at a really early age, his spouse at first remained together with her dad and mom, however because the time approached when she was to affix him, they started to fret due to Lochana Dasa’s indifference to materials life. They approached his guru Narahari Sarkara and informed him about their anxiousness. Consequently, Narahari ordered Lochana Dasa to go to his in-laws’ residence.
When Lochana arrived of their village he was unable to recollect the place their home was, because it had been so lengthy since he had visited. He requested a younger lady on the street for instructions, addressing her as “Ma”, or “mom”. When he arrived at his in-laws’ home, he realized that the lady whom he had addressed as his mom was in truth his spouse. From that day on, he at all times seemed upon his spouse as a mom.
Narahari Sarakara Thakur, Mahaprabhu’s well-known affiliate from Srikhanda, was very affectionate to Lochana Dasa and gave him initiation. Lochana Dasa enthusiastically took up residence together with his guru in Srikhanda. His guru taught him the artwork of kirtan and later ordered him to jot down Mahaprabhu’s sacred biography. Lochana Dasa took this order critically and wrote the Chaitanya Mangala, the occasions of that are based mostly on Murari Gupta’s Chaitanya-charita.
The phrase mangala means auspicious and this title displays the truth that listening to Mahaprabhu Shri Chaitanya’s divine pastimes is essentially the most auspicious exercise for all of the residing beings. Vrindavan Das Thakur’s biography of the Lord was first named Chaitanya Mangala and was solely later referred to as Chaitanya Bhagavat. Lochana Dasa provides a sign of this within the introductory portion of his e-book:
I attentively pay my obeisances to Vrindavan Dasa Thakur; his Bhagavat’s songs have enchanted all the universe. (CM Sutrakhanda, 1.35)
Some folks consider that Lochana Dasa and Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami gave the identify Chaitanya Bhagavat to Vrindavan Dasa’s e-book. Within the Chaitanya Mangala, Lochana Dasa prays for his guru’s blessings as follows:
Narahari Das Thakur is the proprietor of my life, and out of the hope of achieving his lotus ft, I want to sing the glories of Gauranga, regardless that I’m the bottom of the low. That is my ambition. (CM Sutrakhanda, 1.9)
I supply my reverences to Narahari Dasa, the ocean of Gauranga’s qualities. Apart from him, I’ve no good friend within the three worlds. (Ibid., 1.33)
My Lord and grasp is Narahari Dasa. I prostrate myself in humility to him. Could he fulfill my wishes. (Ibid., 1.61)
Lochana Dasa wrote the Chaitanya Mangala in Japanese Bengal’s Pancali model, finishing it in 1537 AD. There’s a legend that he wrote the e-book whereas sitting on a stone underneath a flower tree. In his new Bengali dictionary, Ashutosh Deb has underlined Lochana Dasa’s contribution by stating that he was the primary to jot down Bengali poetry utilizing moric meters in addition to being one of many first historic writers in Bengali. The unique manuscript of the Chaitanya Mangala is alleged to be discovered within the private library of Prakashananda Chakravarti of Kandada close to the Guskara prepare station.
Based on the Bhakti-ratnakara, Lochana Dasa was current at Narahari Sarakara Thakur’s disappearance pageant and greeted visitors by giving them sandalwood and garlands.