They are the personal deities of Sri Govinda Ghosh . They were given to him by Lord Goursundar. When Govinda Ghosh’s only child died and he was depressed, the Lord promised to look after him and even perform his last rites. When Govinda Ghosh entered the eternal pastimes, and the people of his village opened the Mandir, they were astonished to find the Lord dressed in ‘kaachhaa’ and with ‘kush’ on His finger. This is how a Bengali son about to perform the funeral rites dresses !! Even today, some 500 years later, when the descendents forget their ancestors, Lord Gopinath continues to perform the ‘shraaddh’ ceremony for His devotee. He goes to the River Ganga and performs the ‘puja’. Then a huge colorful fair and feast is held in the memory of Govinda Ghosh.
Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakura is known for his most sweet kirtans at the annual Ratha-Yatra festival celebrated by Lord Chaitanya at Jagannatha Puri.
Govinda Ghosh participated in Mahaprabhu’s lilas in Shrivasa Angan, in the nagara-sankirtan to the Kazi’s house, and in the house of Raghava Pandit. During the Rathayatra festival, he was the lead singer in the fourth kirtan group, accompanied by his two brothers, Junior Hari Das, Vishnu Das and Raghava Pandit. Vakreshvara Pandit joined this group as the principal dancer.
He was born in a Kayastha family in the north Radhi clan. His Shripata was at Agradwipa. Also known as Ghosa Thakura, Govinda was the brother of the well-known Vaishnava poet Vasudeva Ghosh. Govinda belonged to the lineage of Lord Chaitanya and was instrumental in installing the Deity Sri Gopinatha at Agradwipa.
govinda, madhava, vasudeva—tina bhai
yan-sabara kirtane nace caitanya-nitai
The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the eighty-second, eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.