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Chaitanya

(chītŭn`yə), 1485–1533, Indian mystic, also called Gauranga ("the Golden"). He was born of Brahman parents in Nabadwip, Bengal, a center of Sanskrit learning. As a young man he attained prominence as a scholar, but at 22 he underwent a profound religious conversion and became an ecstatic devotee of KrishnaKrishna
[Sanskrit,=black], one of the most popular deities in Hinduism, the eighth avatar, or incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna appears in the Mahabharata epic as a prince of the Yadava tribe and the friend and counselor of the Pandava princes.
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. At 24 he became a renunciant and left Nabadwip on pilgrimage, finally settling in Puri, Odisha (Orissa), where he lived the rest of his life. His charisma made him the leader of an important sect of Vaishnavites that is still active. He emphasized the importance of nonritualistic worship in the form of kirtan, or religious song and dance, and devotion focusing on the love of Krishna and his consort Radha as the archetype of mystical union. Chaitanya is regarded by his followers as an avatar (incarnation) of Krishna and Radha in a single form. See bhaktibhakti
[Skt.,=devotion], theistic devotion in Hinduism. Bhakti cults seem to have existed from the earliest times, but they gained strength in the first millennium A.D. The first full statement of liberation and spiritual fulfillment through devotion to a personal god is found
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President Mukherjee laid the foundation of the Museum terming the project an appropriate element in the ongoing celebrations of the 525th anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Kolkata, Sep 16 ( ANI ): President Pranab Mukherjee said today that the troubled and chequered history of mankind has always been directed by the intervention of divine figures such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that led to rulers turning into saints to serve the mankind.
A central figure of this movement was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534), who appeared in Bengal (known as Gaudadesha).
In 1514, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu journeyed to Vrindavan to find lost pastime places and images, as recorded in the Ghaitanya Charitamrita of Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami (1615) and the Bhakti Ramakara of Narahari Chakravarti (completed c.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said in Kolkata today (September 16, 2013) that the troubled and chequered history of mankind has always been directed by the intervention of divine figures such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that led to rulers turning into saints to serve the mankind.
The President laid the foundation of the Museum terming the project an appropriate element in the ongoing celebrations of the 525th anniversary of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
President Mukherjee will on Tuesday lay the foundation stone of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum at Sri Gaudiya Math, Kolkata before returning to Delhi.
On September 16, 2013, the President will lay the foundation stone of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum at Sri Gaudiya Math, Kolkata before returning to Delhi.
Vrindavan is the spiritual refuge of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who belonged to Nadia in West Bengal.
But it is also true that we don't want to be anywhere other than in Vrindavan because of its association with Lord Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The premises of the project will have an indoor Krishna-Radha recreational park; Krishna heritage museum; and three temple halls devoted to Radha-Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Swami Prabhupada.