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THE DISCOVERY OF VRNDAVANA BY LOKD CHAITANYA
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the most munificent incarnation of God, was known as the Golden Avatar, due to His bodily complexion which was like molten gold. He was the direct incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna and appeared on earth at the holy place known as Navadvipa, in West Bengal. He appeared just over 500 years ago in the year I486. The purpose of His divine appearance on earth was to reveal to the world, the yuga-dharma, or the religion for this age. He also re-discovered the most sacred places which had been lost in lime.The religious process that Lord Caitanya revealed to the world is known as the sahldrtana-yajna or the congregational chanting of the Lord's holy names -
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
This is the easiest and most sublime process for God realization and even a child can follow it. In this dark age of Kah-yuga, intelligent men of the world can get true knowledge about God, simply by performance of this sahklrlana-yajna (sacrifice).It was in the year 1515 that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrndavana, with the purpose of locating the lost holy places associated with Lord Sri Krishna's transcendental pastimes. Lord Caitanya wandered through the different sacred forests of Vrndavana in a spiritual trance of divine love; sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes dancing in ecstasy and forever chanting the holy names of Krishna. By His divine spiritual power, He was able to locale all the imporlanl places of Lord Krishna's pastimes in and around Vrndavana.After some months, Lord Caitanya returned to Bengal and directed two of His dear-most followers, Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamis to proceed immediately to Vrndavana; not only to excavate the places of Lord Krishna's pastimes, but also to write books on the great transcendental science oi bhakti-yoga, the path of devotional service, which would help establish the teachings of Lord CaitanyB-lor the benefit of all future generations.