Kaliya Krishna dasa, also known as Kala Krishnadasa, was a devotee of Nityananda Prabhu. His birthplace is in the Bardhaman (Burdwan) district of West Bengal within a short distance from the Railway station at Katwa, at the village called Akai Hatta. This village is situated on the old king’s road between Nabadwipa and Katwa. Akai Hatta is a very small village.
According to Srila Kavi Karnapura’s Gaura-Ganodesha-Dipika (text 132.), he was one of the 12 gopals in Vrindavana, and in the pastimes of Krishna in Vrindavana was known as Labhanga, one of Krishna’s cowherd boyfriends. Here he is referred to as Kalah Krsnadasa or Kalakrsnadasa.
The biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s early life, the Chaitanya Bhagavata, says, “One will surely attain Shri Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda simply by remembering Kaliya Krishna Dasa.” Kaliya Krishna dasa was fully devoted to the service of Nityananda Prabhu and had no worldly cares.
On the twelfth day of the dark moon in the month of Caitra, Sri Kaliya Krishna Dasa Thakura disappeared from this world. This is not the same Kaliya Krishna dasa who accompanied Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to South India. At present, Kaliya Krishnadas’s descendents live in different holy places in Bengal.