Scriptural Origins of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Verses

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Introduction

The Caitanya-caritamrta, (the foremost biography of Lord Caitanya, for those not familiar with it), was written mostly in Bengali, but it also contains 851 Sanskrit verses from 53 other sources. This page is a brief overview of our thorough study of the origins of these quoted verses. The main overview category is here. Each of the verses has its own page, showing the verse and its purports from the Caitanya-caritamrta. The verses from the Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita also have the verses and purports as they appear there.

These verses are categorized in two different ways.

  1. You can see them in their order in the Caitanya-caritamrta. We have detailed categories for the Adi-lila, Madhya-lila, and Antya-lila, which are the three sections of the Caitanya-caritamrta. Here you will find a breakdown of how many of the quoted verses are in each chapter, and where they are from.
  2. You can also find all of the verses grouped by their origin. These categories are presented in the tables at the bottom of this page.

Statistics

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta consists of a total of 11,555 verses of which 851 verses are drawn from 53 other scriptures.

  • Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila has a total of 2311 verses in 17 chapters
    • 144 verses of the Adi-lila are drawn from different scriptures
  • Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila has a total of 6016 verses in 25 chapters
    • 571 verses of the Madhya-lila are drawn from different scriptures
  • Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila has a total of 3,228 verses in 20 chapters
    • 136 verses of the Antya-lila are drawn from different scriptures

Top 10 Quoted Scriptures

  • 393 verses of the CC are taken from Srimad-Bhagavatam
  • 87 verses of the CC are taken from Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu
  • 50 verses of the CC are taken from Bhagavad-gita
  • 34 verses of the CC are taken from Vidagdha-madhava
  • 21 verses of the CC are taken from Lalita-madhava
  • 20 verses of the CC are taken from Brahma-samhita
  • 20 verses of the CC are taken from Padma Purana
  • 19 verses of the CC are taken from Visnu Purana
  • 19 verses of the CC are taken from Govinda-lilamrta
  • 16 verses of the CC are taken from Caitanya-candrodaya-nataka

All Sources

Verses From Srimad-Bhagavatam

Canto 01 (44 Verses) Canto 02 (34 Verses) Canto 03 (33 Verses) Canto 04 (04 Verses) Canto 05 (10 Verses) Canto 06 (07 Verses)
Canto 07 (08 Verses) Canto 08 (01 Verse) Canto 09 (07 Verses) Canto 10 (156 Verses) Canto 11 (66 Verses) Canto 12 (05 Verses)

Verses From Bhagavad-gita

BG 03.21 - Adi-lila 03.025 and Madhya-lila 17.178 BG 10.08 - Madhya-lila 24.189
BG 03.24 - Adi-lila 03.024 BG 10.10 - Adi-lila 01.049, Madhya-lila 24.173 and Madhya-lila 24.192
BG 04.07 - Adi-lila 03.022 BG 10.41 - Madhya-lila 20.375
BG 04.08 - Adi-lila 03.023 BG 10.42 - Adi-lila 02.020, Madhya-lila 20.163 and Madhya-lila 20.376
BG 04.11 - Adi-lila 04.020, Adi-lila 04.178 and Madhya-lila 08.091 BG 11.41-42 - Madhya-lila 19.199-200
BG 05.18 - Antya-lila 04.177 BG 12.13-14 - Madhya-lila 23.107
BG 06.03 - Madhya-lila 24.159 BG 12.15 - Madhya-lila 23.108
BG 06.04 - Madhya-lila 24.160 BG 12.16 - Madhya-lila 23.109
BG 06.08 - Antya-lila 04.178 BG 12.17 - Madhya-lila 23.110
BG 06.16-17 - Antya-lila 08.067-068 BG 12.18-19 - Madhya-lila 23.111-112
BG 07.04 - Madhya-lila 06.164 BG 12.20 - Madhya-lila 23.113
BG 07.05 - Adi-lila 07.118, Madhya-lila 06.165 and Madhya-lila 20.116 BG 16.19 - Madhya-lila 25.040
BG 07.14 - Madhya-lila 20.116, Madhya-lila 22.023 and Madhya-lila 24.138 BG 18.54 - Madhya-lila 08.065, Madhya-lila 24.132 and Madhya-lila 25.155
BG 07.16 - Madhya-lila 24.094 BG 18.64-65 - Madhya-lila 22.057-58
BG 09.11 - Madhya-lila 25.039 BG 18.66 - Madhya-lila 08.063, Madhya-lila 09.265 and Madhya-lila 22.094
BG 09.27 - Madhya-lila 08.060

Verses From Other Sources

Adi Purana (4 Verses) Amara-kosa Dictionary (2 Verses) Bhagavata-sandarbha (1 Verse) Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (78 Verses) Bhavartha-dipika (9 Verses)
Brahma-samhita (20 Verses) Brahma-vaivarta Purana (1 Verse) Brahmanda Purana (1 Verse) Brhan-naradiya Purana (5 Verses) Caitanya-candrodaya-nataka (16 Verses)
Dana-keli-kaumudi (1 Verse) Diary of SDG (4 Verses) Doctrine of Nyaya (2 Verses) Garuda Purana (1 Verse) Gauranga-stava-kalpavrksa (4 Verses)
Gautamiya-tantra (3 Verses) Gita-govinda (6 Verses) Gopi-premamrta (1 Verse) Govinda-lilamrta (19 Verses) Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (10 Verses)
Hari-bhakti-vilasa (6 Verses) Jagannatha-vallabha-nataka (2 Verses) Katyayana-samhita (1 Verse) Krsna-karnamrta (10 Verses) Kurma Purana (2 Verses)
Laghu-bhagavatamrta (13 Verses) Lalita-madhava (21 Verses) Maha Upanisad (1 Verse) Mahabharata (8 Verses) Mukunda-mala-stotra (1 Verse)
Nama-kaumudi (1 Verse) Narada-pancaratra (3 Verses) Nataka-candrika (1 Verse) Nrsimha Purana (2 Verses) Padma Purana (20 Verses)
Padyavali (15 Verses) Panini's Sutras (3 Verses) Premambhoja-maranda (1 Verse) Raghu-vamsa (1 Verse) Ramayana (1 Verse)
Sankaracarya's Commentary (2 Verses) Satvata-tantra (1 Verse) Skanda Purana (3 Verses) Smrti-sastra (1 Verse) Stava-mala (8 Verses)
Stotra-ratna (7 Verses) Svetasvatara Upanisad (1 Verse) Ujjvala-nilamani (14 Verses) Uttara-rama-carita (1 Verse) Vedic Literature (1 Verse)
Vidagdha-madhava (34 Verses) Visnu Purana (19 Verses) Visva-prakasa Dictionary (5 Verses)