A commemorative postage stamp on the 500th Birth Anniversary of Sri Caitanya Mahāprabhu (Gauranga or Gaur) :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 13, 1986
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative stamp on the great Saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s 500th birthday.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicoloured
Denomination : 200 Paise
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Stamp Print Size : 3.55 x 2.50 cms.
Perforation : 13
Stamps Printed : 1.5 Million in sheets of 40
Printers : India Security Press, Nashik Road
Name : Vishvambhar Misra (Nimai)
Born on Feb 18, 1486 at Nabadwip Dham, Nadia, West Bengal, India
Died on Jun 14, 1534 at Puri, Odisha, India
- Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Sridhama Mayapur, Navadvipa in Bengal, on the Phalguni purnima of the year 1486. Born as the son of a learned brahmana, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was known as Nimai Pandit in his youth due to his unrivalled mastery of the Sanskrit Language and the Vedic literature.
- There was opposition to the movement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. On the one hand many so-called Hindus objected to the fact that he engaged everyone in chanting the holy name of the Lord without discrimination of caste, religion or social position; on the other hand, the Mohammedans felt that his processions were a threat to their social and political domination. Inspite of all such obstacles, however, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu established the fact that there is a universal religion for developing love for the one Supreme Lord who is the supreme controller of everyone and everything.
- The advent of Chaitanya is marked as the beginning of a new era in Bengal. The birth of the cult and the spirit of the Renaissance, almost synchronized with his arrival. The growth of vernacular literature in Bengal got a new fillip with his appearance. Beyond everything, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a great lover of humanity. He was a friend of the poor and the wretched. His heart was always full of love and sympathy for them. As a great solace to the suffering soul and a healer to the bereaved, he proved himself strongly anti-communal and a life-long denouncer of untouchability and casteism.