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SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the founder of the Caitanyaite Vaisnavasect, he is revered as a Saint, Teacher and Deity.Sri Caitanya was a brilliant child and young man who, at the age of 22, underwent a spiritually transforming experience that led him to devote himself entirely to his relationship with Sri Krishna. He was born in Navadwip on the banks of the Ganges in Bengal on the night of the full moon that marks the spring celebration of Holi and during a lunar eclipse. He was named Visvambhara Misra but this mother called him Nimai.Through his close association with Sri Nityananda and their renowned practice of kirtana they were to become the hallmark of the Caitanya Vaisnavas devotionalism and the iconography of Sri Caitanya almost always depicts the two of them together. After his initiation, Nimai was given the name Sri Krishna Caitanya “he who awakens consciousness of Krishna”. From Sri Jagannatha Puri Sri Caitanya launched a two year pilgrimage through south India where Krishna bhakti had been developing for several centuries. After returning to Puri he began a pilgrimage to Vrindavan reaching on the night of the great circle dance in the ritual calendar – the culmination of Krishna’s youthful relationship with the cowherd women in Vrindavan. Celebrating this occasion on the ritual calendar as well as Caitanya’s arrival, on this night, a group of Bengali kirtana singers walk around and through Vrindavan for eight hours.