Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, a great devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was born in A.D. 1505. He was the son of Sri Tapana Misra, with whom Lord Caitanya stayed during a visit to Benares. Raghunatha Bhatta, then a child, served Lord Caitanya and became extremely attached to Him. When the Lord was about to leave for Jagannatha Puri, Raghunatha cried in ecstasy.

To console Raghunatha, Lord Caitanya told him, "You must serve your father and mother for now. Later you can come to see Me in Puri."

Raghunatha became expert in Sanskrit grammar, rhetoric, and poetry and highly learned in the Vedic scriptures. When his parents became elderly, they sent him to Puri to see Lord Caitanya. Raghunatha spent eight months serving the Lord at Puri. Before Raghunatha left, the Lord gave him a tulasi garland from His own neck and prasadam from Lord Jagannatha. Lord Caitanya told Raghunatha to never marry and to carefully study the revealed scriptures.

Raghunatha returned to Benares and served his parents until their passing. He then went to Puri, where he stayed for eight months before Lord Caitanya ordered him to go to Vrndavana.

In Vrndavana, Raghunatha took shelter of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami. He was always absorbed in the ecstasy of love for Radha-Krsna, and was famous for his beautiful recitation of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. He would never hear or speak of anything material, and refused to hear criticism of any devotee of the Lord.

Raghunatha Bhatta is one of the six Gosvamis of Vrndavana, leaders in Lord Caitanya's movement. In Lord Krsna's pastimes, Raghunatha Bhatta is the gopi, or cowherd girl, Sri Raga Manjari. In A.D. 1579, he departed for the spiritual world.