A commemorative postage stamp on the 500th Birth Anniversary of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Gauranga or Gaur), an Indian Bengali Hindu mystic, saint and chief proponent of Achintya Bheda Abheda and Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism :
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.
Description of Designs : The 200 P. multicolour stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nasik Road. Both the First Day Cover and cancellation designs have been prepared by Nenu Bagga.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Number printed : 15,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing process : Photogravure
Printed at : India Security Press
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. In spite 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.