March 16, 2014 is the 528th birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the most prominent Hindu saints of the 16th century. Observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Phalgun, this is an auspicious occasion called Gaur Purnima after Lord Gauranga, the other name of Sri Chaitanya. It is mainly celebrated in Eastern India and the Vaishnava community worldwide.
The most renowned and celebrated proponents of the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga that centers around the unwavering devotion to Lord Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534), is also regarded as an avatar of Lord Krishna by his followers - a Hindus sect known as Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu epitomised the undying love for Lord Krishna. His ultimate message to the world was: "The chanting of Krishna's Name is the chief means of attaining Krishna's feet in the Kali Yuga. Chant the name while sitting, standing, walking, eating, in bed and everywhere, at any time."
In the 20th century, the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were greatly revived and brought to the West by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is considered an incarnate of Sri Chaitanya, and credited for founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which spread Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's bhakti tradition and the famous 'Hare Krishna' mantra throughout the world. Read Full Article