According to Premavilasa 24, Nityananda was a disciple of Isvara Puri. Sri Jiva states that Nityananda was a disciple of Sankarsana Puri who was a disciple of Madhavendra Puri. But Bhaktiratnakara states that Nityananda took diksa from Laksmipati who was the guru of Madhavendra Puri. If this were the case then Nityananda would have been the great-guru of Lord Caitanya and a friendly relationship could not have existed between the two. According to CBh. Madhavendra Puri dealt with Nityananda as a friend, while the latter showed guru-like reverence to the former.
"Nityananda was considered an avadhuta sannyasi, although it is said that He never formally adopted sannyasa order. Avadhutas (the pure ones, in SB 4.29.11 p. called "most free") are usually associated with the Saivite tradition but there is a little known branch of Vaisnava sannyasis known as turiyatit-avadhuta. They are described in the Narada-parivrajaka-upanisad, Turiyatit- avadhuta-upanisad and the Brhad-avadhuta-upanisad."
- Sridama (Ramadasa Abhirama of Khanakul-Krsnanagar in Hooghly)
- Sudama (Sundarananda Thakura, brahmana ascetic)
- Vasudama (Dhananjaya)
- Subala (Gauridasa Pandita)
- Mahabala (Kamalakara Pipalai)
- Subahu (Uddharana Datta)
- Mahabahu (Mahesa Pandita)
- Stokakrsna (Purusottama)
- Arjuna (Paramesvara Dasa)
- Dama (Purusottama Nagara)
- Labanga (Kala Krsnadasa)
- Madhumangala, or Kusumasava (Sridhara)