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Saints of India: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a 15th-century saint and poet from Bengal, who had popularized the mantra of 'Hare Krishna’ amongst the people.

Let us know more about a legend associated with him.

 

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a 15th-century saint and poet from Bengal, who had popularized the mantra of Hare Krishna amongst the people.

Interestingly, many even consider him to be an avatar of Krishna himself, a way adopted by the god to show how easy it is for people to achieve Krishna consciousness.

There is an interesting legend associated with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

One day, the saint, along with a few of his disciples, had visited the Rath Yatra (chariot festival) of god Jagannath at Puri.

No sooner that the saint reached there than the humungous chariot came to a sudden stop!

And then, no matter how many people tried to pull the ropes to move it, but it did not budge even a single inch!

Thousands of people, huge animals like elephants etc were brought to pull it, but to no avail.

Finally, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came forward to help. He folded his hands in prayer in front of the chariot and leaned his head against it.

And such was the power of the saints devotion to the god that the chariot began to move immediately!


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