sadasivasuto namna nagarah purusottamah
vaidya-vamsodbhavo namna dama yo vallavo vraje
Nagar Purushottam was previously the cowherd named Daman in Vraja. He is now born in a Vaidya family as the son of Sadashiva. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 131)
Daman was one of the twelve Gopals and a companion of Krishna in his childhood pastimes in Vraja. In the eleventh chapter of the Adi-lila of Chaitanya Charitamrita, Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami has listed Purushottam Das amongst the Devotees of Lord Nityananda.
Sadashiva Kaviraj was a great personality. Purushottam Das was his son. From birth, Purushottam das was absorbed in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, and he always engaged in childish play with Lord Krishna. His son was named Shri Kanu Thakur, a very respectable gentleman. His body was saturated with the nectar of Love for Lord Krishna. (Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.11.38-40)
Vrindavan Das Thakur has also named Purushottam Das as one of Nityananda Prabhu's chief associates.
Sadashiva Kaviraj was very fortunate to have a son like Purushottam Das. Purushottam Das had no external consciousness of his body, for Nityananda Prabhu is constantly acting through him. (Chaitanya Bhagavata 3.5.741-2)
Purushottam Thakur's wife was named Jahnava Devi. She died while her son, Kanu Thakur, was just a young child. Nityananda Prabhu named the boy Shishu Krishna Das. It is said that Nityananda Prabhu's wife Jahnava Devi adopted Kanu and took him with her to Vrindavan. Some say that he was also one of the twelve Gopals. One legend about Kanu Thakur holds that when in Vrindavan, while he was dancing in kirtan, his ankle bell flew off. He vowed that he would make his residence wherever the ankle bell was recovered. When it was found in the town of Bodhkhana in Jessore district, he established his Shripat there. In the opinion of some, Madhavacharya (Madhava Chattopadhyaya) of Jirat in Hooghly district, the husband of Nityananda Prabhu's daughter Ganga Devi, was Purushottam Thakur's disciple.
"Los vigésimo tercero y vigésimo cuarto devotos prominentes de Nityananda Prabhu fueron Sadasiva Kaviraja y su hijo Purusottama Dasa, que fue el décimo Gopala. Desde su nacimiento, Purusottama Dasa se sumergió en el servicio de los pies de loto del Señor Nityananda Prabhu, y estaba siempre ocupado en juegos infantiles con el Señor Krishna”. [C.C. Adi 11.8-39]"Sri Sadasiva Kaviraja fue muy afortunado. El nombre de su hijo fue Sri Purusottama das. Nunca estuvo consciente externamente de su cuerpo material. Nityananda Candra revelo muchos pasatiempos dentro de su corazón". [C.B. Antya 5/741-742]
Sri Purusottama Thakura tuvo tres discípulos principales: Sri Madhavacarya, Sri Yadavacarya y Devakinandana dasa, que nacieron en familias Kulina brahmana. Madhavacarya se casó con la hija de Nityananda Prabhu, Ganga-Devi. Devakinandana fue el autor del libro Vaishnav-vandane. El Sripat de Purusottama Thakura estaba anteriormente en Sukhasagar. Ahora, sus deidades están en Candriya Gram.
Este templo es llamado Vasu-Jahnava Pat. Quizá esto se deba al hecho de que Kanai Thakura, el hijo de Purusottama, fue el hijo adoptivo de Sri Jahnava.
Sri Purusottama Thakura fue el pastorcillo Stoka-Krishna en el Krisna-lila.