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Gour Nitai

2020-01-12
GOUR NITAI
Śrī Nityānānda Prabhu (Bengali: শ্রী নিত্যানন্দ, b 1474 CE), was a Hindu saint, famous as a primary religious figure within the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of Bengal, is an expansion of Balarama.[1] Nitai was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's friend and disciple. They are often mentioned together as Gaura-Nitai (Gaura, "golden one", referring to Chaitanya, Nitai being a shortened form of Nityananda) or Nimai-Nitai (Nimai being another name of Chaitanya).[2] Followers often refer to Nitai as 'Sri Nityananda', 'Prabhu Nityananda' or 'Nityananda Rama'. According to Gaudiya-Vaishnava tradition Śrī Nityānānda is an incarnation of Balarama, with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being his eternal brother and friend, Krishna.[3] He is considered the 'most merciful' incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead [4] (a term popularized by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami).