Who’s Who of Gaura Lila in Krishna Lila

The associates of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai are the same spiritual identities in the eternal pastimes of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. 
 
Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura describes the full glories of the associates of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai in his book Prarthana in the song "Savarana Sri Gaura Mahima" (The Glories of Sri Gauranga):
 
gaurangera sangi-gane, nitya-siddha kari’ mane,
se yaya vrajendra-suta pasa
sri-gauda-mandala-bhumi, yeba jane cintamani
tara haya vraja-bhume vasa
 
One who accepts the associates of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu as nitya-siddhas is certain to be elevated to the spiritual kingdom to become an associate of the Supreme Lord. One should also know that Gauda-mandala-bhumi—those places in Bengal where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed—are equal to Vrajabhumi, or Vrndavana. There is no difference between the inhabitants of Vrndavana and those of Gauda-mandala-bhumi, or Sridhama Mayapur
 
Srila Prabhupada says:
All the associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu are nitya-siddhas, or eternally perfect. Nityananda Prabhu is Balarama, the immediate expansion of Krishna; Advaita Prabhu is Maha-Vishnu (He is also vishnu-tattva); Gadadhara Prabhu is an expansion of Radharani; and Srivasa is an incarnation of Narada. They are nitya-siddha, or eternally perfect. They were never imperfect. They were never in contact with material contamination. We should understand that as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Krishna Himself, is transcendental, similarly His personal associates are also nitya-siddha, or eternally transcendental. Se jay brajendra-suta-pas. Brajendra-suta means Krishna. Simply by accepting that the associates of Lord Caitanya are eternally free, one can immediately be promoted to the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna.
 
It will help us develop strong faith in the perfect associates of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai if we understand their actual spiritual identities in the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna. For this reason the greatest of all poets Sri Kavi Karnapura wrote the great classic book Gaura Gannodesha Dipika. This book illuminates to the world the divine spiritual identities of the associates of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai in the pastimes of  Sri Sri Radha Krishna.
 
As stated by Sri Kavi Karnapura himself it is the most difficult task in the whole creation to understand the spiritual identities of Gauranga’s associates. Perfectness in all cases is very difficult often due to the transcendental nature and characteristics of pure devotees. Also in some cases many great associates desire to incarnate in one body so it makes it even more difficult to compile such a list. 

Asta Mahanta – The Eight Primary Mahantas

The Pancha Tattva stand on a six-sided jeweled simhasana in the center of the Yogapitha at Shridhama Mayapura, Navadvipa. Eight Mahantas surround Them like petals of a lotus flower. The eight Mahantas surrounding the Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga in the Navadvipa Yogapitha each with 8 assitants are similarly situated like the 64 principal Gopies surrounding Their Lordships Shri Shri Radha and Krishna in the Vrindavana Yogapitha:

 
 
Svarupa Damodara
Chandrashekhar Acharya
Ratnagarbha Thakura
Shri Govinda
Shri Garuda Pandita
Shri Mukunda
Damodara Pandita
Krishna Dasa Thakura
Krishnananda Thakura
Ramananda Raya
Madhava Acharya
Dvija Shubhananda
Ramachandra Dutta
Vasudeva Dutta
Nandana Acharya
Shankara Thakura
Sudarshana Thakura
Subuddhi Raya
Govindananda Thakura
Shrirama Pandita
Jagannatha Dasa
Jagadisha Pandita
Sadashiva Kaviraja
Mukunda Raya
Mukundananda
Purandara Acharya
Narayana Vachaspati
 
Vasudeva Ghosh
Raghava Pandita
Murari Chaitanya
Makardhavaja Pandita
Kansari Sena
Jiva Pandita
Mukunda Kaviraja
Chota Haridasa
Kavichandra
Gauranga Mahaprabhu (Bhakta Rupa)
Nityananda Prabhu (Bhakta Svarupa)
Advaita Acharya (Bhakta Avatara)
Gadadhara Pandita (Bhakta Shakti)
Shrivasa Thakura (Bhakta Leader)
 
Ramananda Vasu
Paramananda Thakura
Ballava Thakura
Jagadisha Thakura
Vanmali Dasa
Shrikara Pandita
Shrinatha Mishra
Lakhana Acharya
Purushottama Pandita
Madhava Ghosh /
Vakreshvara Pandita

Prabodhananda Sarasvati
Balabhadra Bhattacharya

Makardhvaja Sena    
Vidya Vachaspati
Govinda Thakura
Madhava Pandita
Shrikanta Thakura
Kavi Karnapura   
 
Govinda Ghosh
Kashi Mishra
Shikhi Mahiti
Shriman Pandita
Bada Haridasa Thakura
Kavichandra Thakura
Hiranyagarbha Thakura
Jagannatha Sena
Dvija Pitambara
      Shivananda Sena
      Makaradhvaja Datta
      Raghunatha Datta
      Madhu Pandita
      Vishnu Dasa Acharya
      Purandara Mishra
      Govinda Thakura
      Paramananda Gupta
      Balarama Dasa

Asta Goswami – The eight Goswamis

The eight famous goswamis of Vrindavan are:
 
Rupa Goswami
Sanatana Goswami
Raghunatha Das Goswami
Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
Gopala Bhatta Goswami
Jiva Goswami
Lokanatha Goswami
Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami

Dvadasa Gopala – The Twelve Cowherd boys

The cowherd boys in Krishna's lila appeared in Gaura Lila as:
 
Abhirama Thakur
Dhananjaya Pandit
Gauridas Pandit
Kalakrishna Das
Kamalakara Piplai
Kholaveca Sridhara
Mahesh Pandit
Nagar Purushottama
Paramesvari Das
Purushottama Das
Sundarananda Thakur
Uddharana Datta

Asta Sakhis  - The Eight Principal Gopies

The eight principal gopis in Krishna's lila appeared in Gaura Lila as:
 
Ramananda Raya – Vishakha
Svarupa Damodara Goswami – Lalita
Vanamali Kaviraja – Chitra
Raghava Goswami – Champakalata
Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura – Tungavidya
Krishna Dasa Brahmachari – Indulekha
Gadadhara Bhatta – Rangadevi
Ananta Acharya Goswami – Sudevi.

Gauranga associates in Krishna's lila

  Names of associates in Gaura Lila Names of the same associates in Krishna Lila
1 Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Sri Radha + Sri Vrindavana Krishna (Vraja Krishna includes Sri Dvaraka Krishna + Sri Vasudeva Krishna + All Incarnations of God)
2 Sri Nityananda Prabhu Sri Haladhara Balarama + Mula Sankarshana + All 3 Purusha Incarnations + Ananta Sesha
3 Sri Advaita Acharya Sri Sadashiva + Sri Mahavishnu
4 Sri Gadadhara Pandita Sri Radha (Pleasure Potency) + Lalita + Hari
5 Shrivasa Pandita (leader of devotees) Narada Muni (Guru of great devotees)
6 Sri Vishvarupa (brother of Gauranga) Sankarshana
7 Sri Navadvipa Dhama Vrindavana + Goloka + Svetadvipa + Vaikuntha
8 Sitadevi (wife of Sri Advaita) Yogamaya + Katyayani
9 Shachi Mata Yashoda + Devaki + Kaushalya + Aditi + Prishni
10 Jagannatha Mishra Nanda + Vasudeva + Dasharatha+ Kashyapa + Sutapa
11 Pundarika Vidyanidhi Vrishabhanu (father of Sri Radha)
12 Padmavati (mother of Nityananda) Rohini (mother of Balarama) + Sumitra
13 Hadai Pandita (father of Nityananda) Vasudeva (father of Balarama) + Dasharatha
14 Lakshmipriya (first wife of Gauranga) Rukmini (Krishna’s Principal queen in Dvaraka) + Sita (Rama’s consort) +Mahalakshmi (Vaikuntha)
15 Vishnupriya (second wife of Gauranga) Bhu-Shakti (1 of the 3 Lakshmis)
16 Jagadananda Pandita Satyabhama (Second principal queen in Dvaraka)
17 Jahnava (First wife of Nityananda) Revati (First wife of Balarama) + Ananga Manjari
18 Vasudha (Second wife of Nityananda) Varuni (2nd wife of Balarama) + Ananga Manjari
19 Virachandra (son of Nityananda) Kshirodakashayi Vishnu (Paramatma)
20 Raghunandana Thakura Pradyumna (Chaturvyuha) + Kandarpa Manjari
21 Vakreshvara Pandita Aniruddha (Chaturvyuha, Krishna’s grandson)
22 Gopinatha Acharya Brahma (the creator of the universe)
23 Murari Gupta Hanuman (great devotee of Sri Rama)
24 Govindananda Sugriva (King of the monkeys in Rama lila)
25 Ramachandra Puri Jatila (mother-in-law of Radha) + Vibhishana
26 Haridasa Thakura Brahma + Prahlada + Mahatpah (son of Richika)
27 Nilambara Chakravarti Garga Muni (Name giving ceremony of Krishna)
28 Vrindavana Dasa Thakura Veda Vyasa + Kusumapida sakha
29 Bhikshuka Vanamali Sudama Vipra (childhood friend of Krishna)
30 Paramananda Puri Uddhava (dearmost servant in Dvaraka)
31 Gopinatha Simha Akrura (paternal uncle of Krishna)
32 Keshava Bharati (Sannyasa Guru of Gauranga) Sandipani Muni (Guru of Krishna and Balarama)
33 King Prataparudra King Indradyumna (Puri) + King Indra
34 Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya Brihaspati (Indra’s Guru)
35 Kashinatha, Lokanatha, Shrinatha & Ramanatha (4 Nathas) The four Sanata Kumaras: Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana & Sanata
36 Bhaskara Thakura Vishvakarma (architect of demigods)
37 Jagannatha & Madhava (Jagai and Madhai) Jaya & Vijaya (Vaikuntha door keepers)
38 Chaitanya Dasa Daksha (Krishna’s parrot)
39 Rama Dasa Vichakshana ( Krishna’s parrot)
40 Garuda Pandita Garuda (carrier of Sri Vishnu)
41 Ramadasa Abhirama Thakura Shridama (elder brother of Sri Radha)
42 Sundarananda Thakura Sudama (cowherd boy in Vrindavana)
43 Dhananjaya Pandita Vasudama
44 Gauridasa Pandita Subala
45 Kamalakara Pippalai Mahabala
46 Uddharana Datta Subahu
47 Mahesha Pandita Mahabahu
48 Purushottama Dasa Stoka Krishna
49 Nagara Purushottama Dama
60 Kaliya Krishna Dasa Lavanga
51 Shridhara Kholavecha Kusumasava
52 Mukunda Dutta Madhukantha
53 Vasudeva Datta Madhuvrata + Prahlada
54 Vanamali Pandita Maladhara
55 Kumudananda Pandita Gandharva
56 Halayudha Thakura Prabala
57 Parameshvara Dasa Arjuna (cowherd friend in Vrindavan)
58 Rudra Pandita Varunthapa
59 Ramai Payoda
60 Nandai Varida
61 Sadashiva Kaviraja Chandravali
62 Ramananda Raya Lalita + Arjuniya Gopi +Arjuna Gopasakha + Arjuna Pandava
63 Svarupa Damodara Goswami Vishakha (among Eight principal Sakhis)
64 Vanamali Kaviraja Chitra (among Eight Sakhis)
65 Raghava Goswami Champakalata (among Eight Sakhis)
66 Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura Tungavidya (among Eight Sakhis)
67 Krishna Dasa Brahmachari Indulekha (among Eight Sakhis)
68 Gadadhara Bhatta Rangadevi (among Eight Sakhis)
69 Ananta Acharya Goswami Sudevi (among Eight Sakhis)
70 Raghava Pandita Dhanistha (feeds and serves Krishna)
71 Saranga Thakura Nandimukhi
72 Mukunda Dasa Vrindadevi
73 Kashishvara Goswami Shashirekha gopi
74 Krishna Dasa Ratnarekha
75 Shankara Pandita Bhadra
76 Damodara Pandita Saibya Gopi + Goddess Sarasvati
77 Krishnananda Kalavati
78 Govinda Ghosh Kalavati
79 Narayana Vachaspati Sauraseni
80 Pitambara Kaveri
81 Makaradhvaja Sukeshi
82 Madhavacharya Madhavi
83 Kavi Chandra Manoharaa
84 Vasu Ramananda Kalakanthi
85 Satyaraja Sena Sukanthi
86 Shrikanta Sena Katyayanidevi Gopi
87 Shivananda Sena (Gauranga Mantracharya) Vira Gopi + Duti Gopi (messengers of Gopies)
88 Shivananda Sena’s wife Bindumati
89 Narahari Sarkara Madhumati
90 Gopinatha Acharya Ratnavali Gopi
91 Vamshidasa Goswami Vamshi (Krishna’s flute)
92 Rupa Goswami Rupa Manjari
93 Sanatana Goswami Rati Manjari + Lavanga Manjari + Sanatana Kumara (1 of the 4 Sanata Kumaras)
94 Shivananda Chakravarti Lavanga Manjari
95 Gopala Bhatta Goswami Ananga Manjari + Guna Manjari
96 Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami Raga Manjari
97 Raghunatha Dasa Goswami Rasa Manjari + Rati Manjari + Bhanumati
98 Jiva Goswami Vilasa Manjari
99 Narayani (mother of Vrindavana dasa) Kilimbika (sister of Ambika)
100 Bhugarbha Goswami Prema Manjari + Bhadra Rekhika
101 Lokanatha Goswami Lila Manjari
102 Madhavananda Rasollasa (sings songs by Vishakha)
103 Vasudeva Ghosh Gunatunga (sings songs by Vishakha)
104 Shikhi Mahiti Rangalekha
105 Madhavi (Shikhi Mahiti’s sister) Kalakeli
106 Kalidasa Mallidevi (daughter of Pulinda)
107 Shuklambara Brahmachari A wife of one of the sacrificial brahmanas. The wives fed Krishna when their husbands refused.
108 Jagadisha & Hiranya Two other wives of the sacrificial brahmanas
109 Kashi Mishra Sairindri (Kubja)
110 Shubhananda Dvija Malati
111 Shridhara Brahmachari Chandralatika
112 Paramananda Gupta Manjumedha
113 Raghunatha Varangada
114 Kamsari Sena Ratnavali
115 Jagannatha Sena Kamala
116 Subuddhi Mishra Raya Gunachuda + Shubhanana
117 Shriharsha Sukeshini
118 Raghu Mishra Karpura Manjari
119 Jitamitra Shyama Manjari
120 Shrimad Bhagavatacharya (author of Krishna Prema Tarangini) Shveta Manjari
121 Vaninatha Dvija Kamalekha
122 Ishana Acharya (servant of Shachi) Mauna Manjari
123 Kamalakara Gandhonmada
124 Laksminatha Pandita Rasonmada
125 Dvija Jagannatha Chandrika
126 Chiranjiva Chandrika
127 Ananta Kanthabharana Gopali
128 Hastigopala Harini
129 Nayana Mishra Nitya Manjari
130 Kavi Datta Kalakanthi
131 Sulochana Kurangakshi
132 Krishnadeva Chandrashekhara
133 Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami Kasturi Manjari
134 Govinda Acharya Paurnamasi
135 Madhavendra Puri Yoga Pitha Kalpavriksh (Desire tree)
136 Madhu Pandita Goswami Mandali Sakhi
137 Madhvacharya Madhvi Gopi
138 Bhavananda Raya Pandu (father of the 5 pandavas)
139 Chandrashekara Acharya Soma Deva (Moon God)
140 Narottama Dasa Thakura Chamaka Manjari
141 Shrinivasa Acharya Thakura Mani Manjari
142 Ramachandra Kaviraja Karna Manjari
143 Ananta Acharya Ramanujacharya
144 Gadadhara Dasa Chandrakanti gopi (radiance of Radha) + Purananda gopi (of Balarama)
145 Jagadisha Pandita Chandrahasa (expert dancer) + One of the wives of Kaliya
146 Ramananda, Gopinatha, Vaninatha, Kalanidhi, Sudhanidhi (The Five Sons of Bhavananda Raya) The Five Pandavas (Arjuna, Yudhistira, Bhima, Sahadeva and Nakula)
147 Sanatana Mishra Satrajit (Satyabhama’s father)
148 Upendra Mishra (Gauranga’s grandfather) Parjanya (Krishna’s grandfather)
149 Devananda Pandita Bhaguri Muni (chief priest of Nanda)
160 Ganga Dasa Pandita Durvasa Muni
151 Vallabha Bhatta Shukadeva (narrator of Bhagavatam)
152 Malini (wife of Shrivasa Thakura) Ambika (nurse of Krishna)
153 Vallabhacharya (father of Lakshmipriya) King Bhishmaka + King Janaka
154 Purandara Angada (from Rama lila)
155 Kamalavatidevi Variyasi (Krishna’s paternal grandmother)
156 Vanmali Acharya Vishvamitra + Rukmini’s Messenger
157 Kashinatha Kulaka Brahmana (Satyabhama’s marriage)
158 Madhava Mishra Vrishbhanu (father of Radha)
159 Ratnavali (wife of Pundarika Vidyanidhi) Kirtida (mother of Radha)
160 Suryadasa Sarkhela (father of Jahnava) King Kakudmi (father of Revati)
161 Gangadevi (daugther of Nityananda) River Ganges
162 Madhava (Gangadevi’s husband) Shantanu
163 Shrirama Pandita (brother of Shrivasa) Parvata Muni (friend of Narada Muni)
164 Kuvera (father of Advaita Acharya) King Kuvera (Guhyaka King)
165 Achyutananda (son of Advaita Acharya) Achyuta gopi + Kartikeya
166 Krishna Mishra (son of Advaita Acharya) Kartikeya
167 Gopala (son of Advaita Acharya) Ganesha
168 Nakula Brahmachari Shaktyavesha incarnation of Gauranga
169 Pradyumna Mishra Shaktyavesha incarnation of Gauranga
170 Bhagavana Acharya Khanji Shaktyavesha incarnation of Gauranga
171 Nrsimhananda Tirtha, Satyananda Bharati, Nrsimha Tirtha, Cidananda Tirtha, Jagannatha Tirtha, Vasudeva Tirtha, Rama Tirtha, Purusottama Tirtha, and Garuda Avadhuta Nine Jayanteyas who spoke the Bhagavata Samhita to King Janaka
172 Ananta, Sukhananda, Govinda, Raghunatha, Krsnananda, Kesava, Damodara, and Raghava Eight Mystic Powers (Siddhis): Anima, Mahima, Laghima, Prapti, Ishitva, Vashitva, Prakamya, Kamavayasita
173 Srinidhi, Srigarbha, Kaviratna, Sudhanidhi, Vidyanidhi, Gunanidhi, Ratnabahu, Acaryaratna, and Ratnakara Pandita (Nine sons of Nidhiratna devi) Kuvera’s Nine Jewels including his conch, jewels etc.
174 Sachidevi’s father Sumukha (father of Yashoda)
175 Sachidevi’s mother Pataladevi (mother of Yashoda)
176 Uddhava dasa Moon God Somadeva’s expansion
177 Visveshvara Acharya Sun God Vivasvan
178 Bhaskara Thakura Vishvakarma (architect of demigods)
179 Govinda Pundarikaksha (from Vaikuntha)
180 Garuda Kumuda (from Vaikuntha)
181 Govinda (servant of Gauranga) Bhangura (servant of Krishna)
182 Haridasa Raktaka (servant of Krishna)
183 Brhacchisu Patraka (servant of Krishna)
184 Makaradhvajakara Candramukha (dancer in Vraja)
185 Shankara Ghosh (mridanga player) Sudhakara (mridanga player in Vraja)
186 Vanamala Pandita Maladhara (carrier of venu & murali)
187 Dhruvananda Brahmachari Lalita Sakhi
188 Jagannatha Taraka gopi
189 Gopala Pali gopi
190 Kashishvara (servant of Gauranga) Bringara Sakha (servant of Krishna)
191 Damayanti (Raghava Pandit’s sister) Gunamala Devi
192 Narayana Vachaspati Gauraseni Gopi
193 Jiva Pandita Indira
194 Vidya Vachaspati Tungavidya
195 Balabhadra Bhattacharya Madhurekshana
196 Shrinatha Mishra Chitrangi
197 Visvanatha Chakravarti Vinoda Manjari
198 Baladeva Vidyabhusana Ratnavali Devi (Gopinatha Acharya)
199 Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Rasika Manjari
200 Bhaktivinoda Thakura Kamala Manjari
201 Gaurakishore Dasa Babaji Guna Manjari
202 Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Nayana Mani Manjari