Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Nimai Chaitanya was a great Vaishnava saint born in 1485 to Pandit Jagannath and Sachidevi at Nawadweepa in Bengal. In his childhood, he was also known as Gauranga because of his golden complexion.

Chaitanya’s birthplace Nawadweepa, was a place of great learning famous for logic. Within a period of six years, Chaitanya became a great scholar and excelled in his dialectic skill, vanquishing the Digvijai Pundit Kesha Kashmiri. Chaitanya was married twice, first to Lakshmi Priya who died of a snake bite and to the noble and religious minded Vishnu Priya.

His life took a drastic turn when he visited Gaya and he was initiated into the mystic life by Ishwar Puri and he even saw the footprints of Lord Vishnu in the famous Vishnupadi Temple. He lived in a state of religious ecstasy from that moment and would always be absorbed in sankirtan of the Lord.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

During this stage, Keshava Bharati came in contact with him and Chaitanya decided to renounce the world and become a Sanyasi. He moved to Jagannath Puri and spent 25 years over there. During this period, he spent six years touring South India and gathered many followers who became adherents of Krishna Bhakti.

After returning to Puri, he spent the last 12 years in the company of Ramananda Roy and Sarupa Damodar who were considered incarnations of Sakhi Lalita and Vishaka.. He lived in an ecstatic state and spent days together without caring for food or rest. He lived like this for many years and finally merged with the idol of Jagannath at the age of 47.

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