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S.L.No.             NAME                                                    SOURCE


1.       ICCHAMAYI DEVI                                                     GVA

2.       INDRIYANANDA KAVICANDRA                                     GVA

3.       INDUMUKHI DEVI                                                     GVA

4.       ISANA                                                                    GVA

5.       ISANA                                                                    GVA

6.       ISANA                                                                    GVA

7.       ISANA ACARYA                                                         GVA,CCU

8.       ISANA NAGARA                                                        GVA

9.       ISVARADASA                                                            BMO

10.     ISVARAPURI                                                            GVA

11.     ISVARI DEVI                                                            GVA





I. 1.    ICCHAMAYI DEVI (Iccha):


          She belonged to the Sakha of Syamananda Prabhu.  Iccha was the wife of the famous devotee RAsikamurari. (Bhaktiratnakara 15.30)




          He was a devotee and a close relation of Jayananda, the author of Chaitanyamangala.  Nothing more is known about his lineage.




          She was a disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya.  Indumukhi was married to Shrila Vyasacarya, also a disciple of Shrinivasa, and the court-Pandita of the king of Vishnupur.  Her son was named Syamadasa Acarya. (Karnanada 1)


I. 4.    ISANA:


          He belonged to the lineage of Lord Chaitanya and was His domestic attendant (CC. 1.10.110).  Isana has been praised in almost all the Vaishnava works.  (See Vaishnavavandana, Bhaktiratnakara 12.91, CBh. 2.8.74)


          With deep affection this greatly fortunate soul looked after Lord Chaitanya from His childhood.  Isana did his best to satisfy the demands of child Chaitanya and would never part with Him.  Isana had a very long life (Bhaktiratnakara 11.721, 12.95-97); most of the closest devotees of Lord Chaitanya at Navadvipa, as well as Vishnupriya devi, expired before Isana. At a very advanced age, Isana personally showed the sites related to the lila of Lord Chaitanya to Shrinivasa Acarya Prabhu and Narottama Thakura.


I. 5.    ISANA:


          He was an attendant of Sanatana Gosvami.  He accompanied Sanatana when the latter escaped from the prison of Hussain Shah and went to Vrndavana.  When Sanatana Prabhu learned that Isana had eight gold coins in his possession, he took seven coins and gave them to Bhuina in appreciation for his hospitality.  Isana was then commanded to return home with the remaining one gold coin.  After crossing Patra hill Sanatana left Isana. (CC. 2.20.18-36)


I. 6.    ISANA:


          He was a resident of Vrndavana and possibly hailed from Gauda.  Nothing much is known about this Isana.  However, his name is mentioned along with other devotees who accompanied Rupa Gosvami for a darsan of the deity of Gopalaji which was kept hidden for five months in the house of Viththalesvar in Vrndavana  in order to protect the deity from the Muslim attacks (CC. 2.18.52).  Isana's name is also found among other devotees who went to bless Shrinivasa, Narottama and Syamananda when they were bringing Vaishnava books by road on a cart from Vrndavana to Gauda. (Bhaktiratnakara 6.513)




          He was Maunamanjari in his past incarnation. (Gauraganoddesadipika 195)




          Isana Nagara was a brahmana who belonged to the Sakha of Advaita Prabhu.  He was born in 1492 AD.  He was originally from Navagram of Laud paragana in the district of Shrihatta (Bangladesh), but when he was five years old he and his widowed mother left Navagram to take shelter in the house of Advaita Prabhu.  Isana's education was arranged by Advaita Prabhu.


          As per the command of Sita devi, wife of Advaita Prabhu, Isana got maried and entered family life when he was 70 years old.


          Isana was a highly spirited person.  One day when Isana was about to touch Lord Chaitanya's feet, the Lord noticed the sacred thread worn by Isana and forbade him to touch His feet since Isana was a brahmana.  Immediately Isana tore off his sacred thread.  Some say that Isana's wife hailed from Teota village on the bank of the Padma and had three sons named Purusottama Nagara, Harivallabha Nagara, and Krishnavallabha Nagara.  Family descendents of Isana still live in Goalanda and Jhankpal village near Teota village (Bangladesh).  The royal family and Bagchi family members are of Teota are disicples of Isana's lineage.  In 1568 AD. Isana Nagar wrote the book Advaitaprakasa at Lauda village.




          An Odiya kavi, Isvara dasa wrote Chaitanya Bhagavata in the Odiya language.  According to BBM, Isvara dasa wrote this book around the last quarter of the 17th century.  Haridasa dasa (GVA) remarks that the book may not have much hitorical value, still he incorporated it in GVA because Isvara dasa was a great devotee. (GVA p.1556)




          He was the diksa-guru of Lord Chaitanya.  He was born in a brahmana caste of the Radha clan in Kumarahatta village, presently known as Halisahar.  His father was Syamasundara Acarya.  The family name of Isvarapuri is not known.  He was instrumental in inspiriting Nityananda Prabhu to leave home (Premavilasa 7 and 23).  The following are the references whoing Isvarapuri in the biographies of Lord Chaitanya:  CBh 1.9.161-170, 1.11.70-126, 1.17.46-162;  CC. 2.10.131-150, 2.8.26-30.  Three slokas composed by Isvarapuri have been included in Padyavali (nos. 16, 62 and 75).  Also see Bhaktiratnakara 12.2206-2209.




          She was the first wife and disciple of Shrinivasa Acarya Prabhu.  Her father was Gopala Cakravarti, the Zemindar residing at Jajigrama in the district of Burdwan. Bhaktiratnakara 8.495 states that before her marriage Isvari was known as Draupadi and after receiving diksa from Shrinivasa Prabhu she received the name Isvari.  Books such as Karnananda, Premavilasa etc. refer to Isvari devi.