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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ">[Caitanya Mahāprabhu]; 18 February 1486 – 1533 was a spiritual leader who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism . He is believed by his devotees to be Krishna himself who appeared in the form of His own devotee in order to teach the people of this world the process of Bhakti and how to attain the perfection in life. He is considered as the most merciful manifestation of Krishna. Chaitanya was the proponent for the Vaishnava school of Bhakti yoga , based on Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. Of various incarnations of Vishnu, he is revered as Krishna, popularised the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and composed the Siksastakam in Sanskrit. His followers, Gaudiya Vaishnavas, revere him as a Krishna with the mood and complexion of his source of inspiration Radha.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Born Vishvambhar Mishra (Nimai)
(1486-02-18)18 February 1486
Nabadwip Dham (present-day Nadia, West Bengal, India), known as Yogapith
Died 1533 (aged 46–47)
Near Swargadwar, Puri
(present-day Odisha, India)
Titles/honours Expounded Gaudiya Vaishnavism; regarded full incarnation of Lord Krishna
Founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Achintya Bheda Abheda
Guru Isvara Puri
Philosophy Bhakti yoga, Achintya Bheda Abheda Vedanta
Notable disciple(s) Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami, Gopala Bhatta Goswami, Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami, Raghunatha dasa Goswami, Jiva Goswami and others

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (also transliterated Caitanya, [Caitanya Mahāprabhu]; 18 February 1486 – 1533 was a spiritual leader who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism . He is believed by his devotees to be Krishna himself who appeared in the form of His own devotee in order to teach the people of this world the process of Bhakti and how to attain the perfection in life. He is considered as the most merciful manifestation of Krishna. Chaitanya was the proponent for the Vaishnava school of Bhakti yoga (meaning loving devotion to God), based on Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. Of various incarnations of Vishnu, he is revered as Krishna, 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.

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. There is no evidence, however, that he was born under a Neem Tree. He was very mischievous in his young days. His original name was Vishambhar. He was a brilliant student and Nimai was his nickname. At an early age he became a scholar and opened a school.