Sri-Raghunandana-Thakura

Sri Raghunandana Thakura was born in the year 1432 Sakabda. His father’s name was Sri Mukunda Das and he was a doctor.  He lived in the village of Sri Khanda along with his brothers, Madhava Das and Sri Narahari Sarkar Thakur.

Lord Gopinath was served with great devotion in the house of Sri Mukunda Das. One day Mukunda had to go out on some work, and he instructed his son Raghunandana to worship the Deity and asked him to serve Lord Gopinath on that day. He explained to him that this Deity was in their family for many generations and ‘just as your mother feeds you and me every day, so also Lord Gopinath has to be fed every day.’ Having explained to Raghunandana that this is a very big responsibility and he should be very careful in this service, Mukunda left.

Thus, having been instructed by his father, Raghunandana who was five years old then, collected the items for offering to Sri Gopinathji and entered the deity room. When he saw that Gopinath hadn't eaten the offering after he had imitated how his father offered the bhoga, he was very worried. He finally requested Gopinath with tears in his eyes. Gopinath who was completely subjected by Raghunandana's request, which was made entirely in love, ate up everything.

After some time Raghunandana's father, Mukunda returned and asked his son if he had done as he was told? When his son said, "Yes", he asked him to bring some of the prasadam. Raghunandana replied, "I offered everything just like you told me, and Gopinath ate everything; so what should I bring you now?" Mukunda was perplexed. He knew his son was accustomed to speak the truth and was wondering as to what actually had happened.

A few days later he again asked Raghunandana to offer bhoga to Lord Gopinath as he had to go out on that day. Having gone out of the house, Mukunda again entered and remained hidden. Raghunandana was very happy and as earlier, he again persuaded Gopinath to take his meal. As Gopinath started eating a laddu, he saw Mukunda watching from his hiding place. Gopinath didn't eat anymore. Seeing this Mukunda was immersed in ecstatic love and picked up his son and embraced him. Even to this day, those who are greatly fortunate can still see that half-eaten laddu in Sri Gopinath’s hand.

In Krishna lila Raghunandana was Kandarpa Manjari and in Dvaraka lila he was Sri Krishna’s son Kandarpa. Raghunandana's descendants still reside at Sri Khanda.