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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, who appeared in this Kali-yuga to inaugurate the yuga dharma for this age - Sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord.

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Were cows sacrificed in Gomedha Yagnas brought back to life as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says?

In the Chaitanya Charitamrita, the traditional biography of Gaudiya Vaishnava founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Muslim Kazi asks Chaianya Mahaprabhu about the Gomedha Yagna, a Vedic fire-ritual where ...
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What kind of position (importance) does Chaitanya Mahaprabhu enjoy in the sect called Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

What kind of position (importance) does Chaitanya Mahaprabhu enjoy in the sect called Gaudiya Vaishnavism? To put it more precisely, can a person's opinions be considered as those of Gaudiya ...
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Why does ISKCON images depict Mahaprabhu with sikha, sutra, kanthimala and tilakas?

Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya took Dashanami sannyasa from Sri Keshava Bharati by leaving His sacred thread and 'Sikha', as mentioned in the Sri Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. As a Sankara-sect monk, He also ...
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Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth?

Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth? Is he a Vishnu Avatar?
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu indeed say Mahavishnu was an incarnation of Krishna?

Any proof in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says Mahavishnu is an incarnation of Krishna? Apologies to anyone offended by my question.
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How did Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya leave His physical body?

We do not get any information about Sri Chaitanya's leaving of the physical body at the end of His Divine Play. There are different descriptions of merging with Jagannathdeva and with Tota Gopinath. ...
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Which verse of Padma purana and Narasimha purana claims Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna/Vishnu Himself?

This website provides many evidences to prove the divinity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Verse from Padma purana: yatrayogesvarah saksad yogi-cintyo janardanah caitanya vapur aste vai ...
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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Do Vallabhacharya's followers believe he was originally a Gaudiya Vaishnava?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...
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What are the differences between Dvaitadvaita of Sri Nimbarkacharya and Achintya Bheda Abheda of Sri Chaitanya?

What are the philosphical differences between Gaudiya Sampradaya and Nimbarka Sampradaya? I know they both worship Radha-Krishna (unlike Pushtimarg where they worship Krishna as ShriNathji). What are ...
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What is the significance of long maalaa (garland) worn by Krishna Chaitanya?

In many paintings we see that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wears an exceptionally long garland in his neck during kirtan which extends up to the waist or knees. Also Nityananda (nitaai) is seen with such ...
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What is the meaning of the term ''Mayavadi''? Is the term mentioned in any of the scriptures?

Many ISKCON websites call Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Buddha and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ''mayavadis'' and that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called mayavadis ''greatest of all offenders''. However, ...
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Does the Chandogya Upanishad foretell the birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas, a sect that includes the popular organization ISKCON, believe that their founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Vishnu. In this article from ISKCON's publication Back ...
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Are there any references to the Brahma Samhita before Chaitanya Mahprabhu?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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What was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's opinion on Madhvacharya?

Brahma Sampradaya is one of the 4 major sects of Vaishnavism. The sect is said to have been taught Vishnu worship by Lord Brahma himself and hence the sampradaya named after him. The Brahma Sampradaya ...
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Did Chaitanya ever meet Parashurama?

Any biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu meeting Parashurama?
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What are the scriptural evidences suggesting Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the incarnation of Lord Krishna?

The Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Lord Krishna. What is the scriptural evidence behind this claim? Is he mentioned in Puranic literature?
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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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Is appearance and divinity of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu foretold in Garuda Purana?

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is regarded as incarnation of Lord Krishna by Gaudiya Vaishnava sect. Lord Chaitanya was born in Navadvipa Mayapur in west Bengal state of India in 15th century. He spread ...
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Who is a pasandi?

The word ''Pasandi'' comes numerous times in the Chaitanya Charitamrita while ISKCON uses the word to describe ''devotees of demigods''. What is the meaning of this word according to the scriptures?
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What is source of this form of Mahaprabhu?

What is the history of this six-armed image of Mahaprabhu? Kindly quote from proper source.
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Do any biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mention Him to be the founder of the Durga Puja tradition in Odisha?

According to this Gaudiya Vaishnava site, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought the tradition of Durga Puja in Odisha: It is a misconception among many Gaudiya Vaishnavas that worship of Lord Shiva or ...
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What are the objections raised by Radhagovinda Nath against the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura?

Principal Radhagovinda Nath, D.Lit was one of the most renowned Gaudiya Vaishnava scholars respected throughout Bengal. He, in his famous book "Gaudiya Vaishnava Darshana" (1953), raised a series of ...
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What exactly is meant by Harernamaiva Kevalam

हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलम्। कलौ नास्त्येव नास्त्येव नास्त्येव गतिरन्यथा॥ meaning Harinama, Harinama, only Harinama ....there is no other way, no other way in the kaliyuga [for ...
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Why did Nigamananda Paramahansa say Adi Shankaracharya's teachings were Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's path?

One of the famous sayings of Nigamananda Paramahansa was: ''Shonkoracharyar moth Choitonyor poth'' Which roughly translates as ''Shankaracharya's teachings are Chaitanya's path''. However, the ...
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Why Lord Chaitanya is called “noder nimai”?

Why Lord Chaitanya mahaprabhu is called "noder nimai"?
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Who are the red complexioned and yellow complexioned avataras mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam?

Gargamuni, while naming Krishna, mentions that there are four types of complexions incarnations have: शुक्लरक्तस्तथा पीत इदानीं कृष्णतां गतः। The while coloured one could be the Hari who was related ...
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Did Ramanujacarya ever go to Navadvip(Mayapur)?

I read a Story of Sripad Ramanujacarya; when He was in Jagannath Puri. The story goes roughly like this. Lord jagannath being pleased with Ramanujacarya; instructed Him to go to Mayapur to see the ...
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What was the reason of birth of chaitanya mahaprabhu? [duplicate]

What was the reason of birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being an avatar of god he was not able to create huge impact on the world instead almost negligible people in the world today know him whereas ...
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What is the birth-place of Sri Chaitanyadeva?

There are "birth-place" temples of Sri Chaitanyadeva at Navadvip and Mayapur,one at the east side and another at the west side of the Ganges.Which place seems authentic? I am interested in knowing the ...
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What was Mahaprabhu's view on taking sannyasa?

Did Maahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya advise His followers to take sannyasa? What was His view on sannyasa? Did He give sannyasa to anybody? I am interested to know this because most of His followere in ...
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How Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Swaminarayan are viewed in the Srivaishnava Sect

The followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and Uddhava Sampradaya claim that Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Swaminarayan respectively, are incarnations of Sri Krishna. Are there any references made by ...
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Could anyone locate where the Devi Purana contains the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

This blog post lists out verses from various Smritis that contain predictions of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The following verse is said to be from the Devi Purana. Nama-siddhanta-sampatti ...
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Why did the direct disciples of Mahaprabhu not accept any relation with the Madhva Sect?

Sri Vasudev Sarvabhouma, Kavi Karnapur, Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatana, Sri Srijiva Goswami, Sri Baladev Vidyabhushana --none of them accepted any link between Madhva sect and the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect.(...
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Where can I get the complete English translation of the Chaitanya Bhagavata?

Though Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's biography: Chaitanya Charitamrita is easily available on the web, I have been unavailable to find the complete English translation of the Chaitanya Bhagavata. Can you ...
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Any verse in the Chaitanya Charitamrita where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that Srimad Bhagavatam is the greatest of all puranas?

(SB. 12:13:16) Just as the Gańgā is the greatest of all rivers, Lord Acyuta the supreme among deities and Lord Śambhu [Śiva] the greatest of Vaiṣṇavas, so Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the greatest of all ...
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu really chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra?

Recently, I was watching a video by an authentic Vaishnava guru named Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (who has a YouTube channel called DharmaNation). He was doing a live Q&A session and touched ...
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What are the views of Achintya Bheda Abheda on Nirguna Brahman?

In the Advaita Vedanta, Nirguna Brahman refers to a formless God without qualities and is the supreme. In Vishishtadvaita, it refers to God without negative qualities. However, I want to know what ...
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Did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also write a Shivashtakam?

I have seen in atleast three places saying that he has written a Shivashtakam (apart from the one by Sri Adi Shankaracharya). 1. backtogodhead (cites the source "Recorded in Murari Gupta’s Sri ...
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Why Lord Chaitanya leaves his incarnation in Puri dham?

I'm going to visit puri dham in coming days.Now I have a query in my mind, is there any specific reason Why Lord Chaitanya leaves his life in Puri dham? If anybody has answer please tell me in short ...
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What is Sri Chaitanya's Shiksastakam?

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu left only 8 verses of his instruction in his writing known as Shiksastakam. What are they?
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Where is the next incarnation of Caitanya Mahaprabhu supposed to be born? And where is that written?

Matua devotees state that in the orthodox Vaiṣṇava scriptures it is written that Chaitanya will be reincarnated and will appear again in the land of Iśān (the cardinal direction of north-east). This ...
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Are there any non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English?

I would like to read a non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English. Could anyone suggest me any?
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What is the source of Sri Radhakrsna Ganoddesha Deepika?

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the greatest saints of the sixteenth century, had many disciples, of whom the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana are prominent. Sri Rupa Gosvami is one among the six Gosvamis, ...
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Why was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu an eka-dandi sanyasi despite being a Gaudiya Vaishnava?

Advaitins Sanyasis are usually eka-dandi sanyasis while Vaishnava Sanyasis (including Gaudiya Vaishnava Sanyasis) are usually tri-dandi sanyasis. However, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a Gaudiya Vaishnava ...
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Where in Matsya Purana the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu located?

As per Gaudiya Vaishnavism websites, the below verse is said to have spoken by Krishna in Matsya Purana: Mundo gaurah su-dirghangas Tri-srotas-tira-sambhavah Dayaluh kirtana-grahiBhavisyami ...
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What is the story of Paurnamasi and Nandimukhi?

Sri Rupa Gosvami, the disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, has written two very beautiful plays called Vidagdha Madhava - Clever Krsna and Lalita Madhava - Charming Krsna. Vidagdha Madhava describes the ...
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Which biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is it stated that His Sankirtana movement will spread throughout the world one day?

It is often said that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had predicted during his lifetime that His Sankirtana movement would spread throughout the entire world. In reality, the movement has indeed spread ...
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What are the views of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu regarding Dvaita of Shri Madhwacharya?

I read here on Hindustack exchange, in the comments of this answer Achintya-vedaveda is completely different from Dvaita philosophy ofSri Madhva.In Chaitanya Charitamrita 2/9/235-51 Mahaprabhu ...
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Did Sri Chaitanyadev ever convert any Muslim to a Vaishnava?

Sri Chaitanyadev appeared at a time when the country was under the Islamic rule. Did Sri Chaitanyadev ever convert any Muslim to Vaishnava? Looking for answer citing biography of Chaitanya.