Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, the forty-seventh branch of the Caitanya tree, is one of the greatest branches. He always engaged in discussions about loving devotional service in the company of Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sanātana Gosvāmī.
The exalted Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī appeared in one of South India’s holiest places, Śrī Raṅgam, in a Śrī Vaiṣṇava brāhmaṇa family. His father’s name was Veṅkaṭa Bhaṭṭa, and he had two uncles, Trimalla Bhaṭṭa and Prabhodānanda Sarasvatī. All three brothers were learned scholars and pure devotees.
When Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī arrived in Vraja, he continuously engaged himself in chanting the holy names of the Lord. Daily, he performed mantra-japa, meditation and kīrtana in the company of Śrī Rūpa-Sanātana and the other Gosvāmīs. By his chanting, he manifested the very life and soul (ātmā-svarūpa) of the holy name, the beautiful form of Śrī Rādhā-ramaṇa.