Kumbhandas was one of the original 84 disciples of Shri Vallabhacharyaji in the early 1500. He lived in a village named Jamunavata located in Vrajbhumi; with his family of eight members. Kumbhandas had a very small farm which he cultivated to feed his family. He had few material possesions and a farmer's life is always a hard one. Though poor, he maintained high self-respect and as a Vaishnav he would not accept any free offerings from anyone.
Come to Anyora
When he learned that a great person - acharya has come to Anyora town; Kumbhandas and his wife went to Anyora to meet with Shri Vallabhacharyaji. Kumbhandas was recognized as one of the Ashtasakha in Pushtimarg; which means that he was one of the eight close friend of ShriNathji. Ashtasakhas were great song writers and singers of praises of shri Goverdhannathji. This highest esteem was achieved by Kumbhandas by his absolute dedication and Love for ShriNathji.
Invited by the Lord
Kumbhandas was so enamored by Shri Radha and Krishna’s intimate play that he never praised anything beside the union lilas of the divine Couple. He never left the Govardhan Hill, the area of Shri Krishna’s intimate play, not even to venture to Gokul, the sacred site of Krishna’s infant lilas only twenty kilometers away. Kumbhandas is a unique character. In the history of religion he is the only individual to be invited by the Lord Himself to take part in a cooking contest. Kumbhandas was even invited on Shri Krishna’s butter-stealing crusades. He ate only the grains from his own field, used a bowl of water for a mirror, and shunned everything that was not directly related to his Lord. This made him a perfectly renounced, fearless Lila connoisseur.
Shri Krishna is attained according to the devotional view of His bhaktas. If King Kamsa could achieve Krishna simply by fearing Him twenty-four hours a day, it is no surprise that Kumbhandas could grasp Shri Krishna and become His own, and even make Krishna come before him, through the strength of his devotion and love. He attained perfect friendship and intimacy with Shri Krishna.
Kumbhandas was mainly involved in serving Shrinathji and he wrote and sang many Padas & Kirtans. He was so dedicated that everyday he would climb up and down Giriraj mountain to pray and sing kirtans to please Shri Goverdahnnathji. Kumbhandas was very fortunate to experience meeting with and talking to shri Goverdhannathji. They both often played together.
A noteworthy story of Raja Mansinh who was returning home after his victory of many states. He visited Mathura, Vrindavan, and at last came to Giririaj mountain to offer his prayers to shri Goverdhannathji. While worshipping he experienced soothing effects to his heart; as he noticed the grand style offerings of flowers, fragrances, ornaments of pearls, white cooling costumes on the Lord. He mentioned that the real experience of darshan of Lord Shri Krshna is right here what he saw in Shri Goverdhannathji. He felt the pleasure of his life time at this Darshana while Kumbhandas was singing following kirtan to the Lord-
"Roop dekhi naina palak lage nahi,
Goverdhandhar ke ang-ang prati
nirkhi naina man rahat nahi."
"Kahari kahon kuchh kahat na aave
chitt choryo ve mange dahi
Kumbhandas Prabhu miliveki
sunder baat sakhiyan so ju kahi."
- also known as 'Mahaprabhuji'
- KUMBHANDAS (English) pushti-marg.net। Retrieved : 17 April, 2016।