Gangamata Gosvamini was the daughter of King Naresa Narayana of Bengal. From childhood she showed deep devotion to Krsna. Refusing to marry and renouncing her kingdom, she went in search of a bona fide guru. In Vrndavana she accepted Haridasa Pandit as her guru and took instructions from him. Performing severe austerities, she wore only rags and begged food door to door. On her guru's order, she went to Jagannatha Puri, where she became a great preacher and guru. Hundreds of people attended her discourses on Srimad-Bhagavatam, and many people, including brahmanas, Lord Jagannatha's priests, and even the king, accepted her as their spiritual master.