Krishnadas was born on V.S. 1553 (A.D 1496) Village Chilotra in Gujarat and left the world on V.S. 1636 (A.D. 1579). Krishnadas was one of the best poet of 'Ashtchhap'. He sung many Krishna's bhajans in Kanharo, Purvi, Malav, Kedar and Sarang ragas.
Meeting with Mahaprabhu
Shri Krishnadas once decided to leave his house & go to Vraj for pilgrimage. During his pilgrimage moving from one place to another he came to Shri Goverdhan. At that time the temple of Dev Daman was being constructed & Shri Dev Daman was to be set there. On hearing this, from the people he went for darshan of Shri Dev Daman. Here he came in contact with Shri Goverdhannathji & Shri Mahaprabhuji. Later on , Shri Mahaprabhuji established the idol of Shri Goverdhananthji in the temple on third day of Bright Vaishakh. He deputed Bengalis for the seva of Shri Goverdhannathji living nearby & appointed Shri Krishnadas as Bhetiya i.e. to go to the various parts of the country & collect Bhet for Shri Goverdhannathji. Afterwards Shri Mahaprabhuji appointed him as Adhikari of the temple of Shri Goverdhannathji.
As an Adhikari Shri Krishnadasji had given to one vaishnav rupees three hundred for digging a well. The vaishnav utilized Rs. 200 for digging & kept Rs. 100 for himself, which he kept under a mango tree. Shri Krishnadasji went to see the unfinished well where his stick slipped off & he fell into the well. His body was not found & he had attained the ghost body & was staying on a pipal tree. After some days, Shri Gopinath gwal came there searching for his buffalo. Shri Krishnadasji requested him to go & request Shri Gusaiji to free him from this ghost life. Accordingly he passed on his request to Shri Gusaiji. Shri Gusaiji gave Rs. 100 to the new Adhikari & ordered him to complete the remaining construction of the well & thereafter went to Mathura & performed Shraddh of Shri Krishnadas on 'Dhruv Ghat' & relieved him from the ghost life & got him divine body & then Shri Krishnadas entered into Divya Leela.
Bengalis served Shri Goverdhannathji for many years. One day Shri Goverdhannathji ordered Shri Avadhutnathji one of the sevaks of Shri Mahaprabhuji “Ask Shri Krishnadasji to remove these Bengalis from my service. I want to increase luxuries/richness of my seva system. These Bengalis are hiding one Devi Deity in their hair & place the deity during Rajbhog besides me. Therefore relieve them from my seva as early as possible”. Avadhutnathji met Krishnadasji & narrated this incident to him. Krishnadasji immediately went to Adel to meet Shri Gusaiji & acquainted him with the instructions of Shri Goverdhannathji. Moreover these Bengalis used to pass over whatever bhet they received for Shri Goverdhannathji to their Guru residing at Vrindavan. Therefore Shri Gusaiji according to the order of Shri Goverdhannathji agreed to remove Bengalis from the seva. Shri Krishnadasji took two letters from Shri Gusaiji one for Raja Todarmal & one for Shri Birbal & gave to both of them. He discussed the matter with them for about two hours & returned to Rudra Kund where Bengalis were staying in huts. He put on fire all those huts. Bengalis seeing this left the temple & seva of Shri Goverdhannathji & rushed down to save their huts. Shri Krishnadasji at that time placed his men on all the gates & stopped Bengalis to come up. Like this he got rid of the Bengalis. Shri Gusaiji later came to Shri Goverdhannathji from Adel & appointed Shri Krishnadasji as Adhikari & honored him by wearing him Khes.
- Shri Krishnadasji (English) Pushtimarg। Retrieved : 19 April, 2016।