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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Birth Date 18 February 1486
Nabadwip Dham (present-day Nadia, West Bengal, India)
Died on 14 June 1534(1534-06-14) (aged 48)
Birth name Vishvambhar Mishra, Nimāi
Guru/teacher Swami Isvara Puri (mantra guru); Swami Kesava Bharati (sannyas guru)
Philosophy Bhakti yoga, Achintya Bheda Abheda

Krishna Chaitanya, (18 February 1486 – 14 June 1534), was a Bengali Hindu mystic, saint, and the chief proponent of the Achintya Bheda Abheda and Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism. He also expounded the Vaishnava school of Bhakti yoga (meaning loving devotion to God), based on Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. Of various forms and direct or indirect expansions of Krishna such as Lord Narasimha (Krishna in mood of anger), Maha-Vishnu and Garbhodakshaya Vishnu respectively, he is Krishna in the mood of a devotee. He popularised the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and composed the Siksastakam (eight devotional prayers) in Sanskrit. His followers, Gaudiya Vaishnavas, revere him as a Krishna with the mood and complexion of his source of inspiration Radha. His birthday is celebrated as Gaura-purnima.

Chaitanya is sometimes referred to by the names Gauranga or Gaura due to his fair complexion, and Nimai due to his being born underneath a Neem tree.

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