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Ministry of Culture
25-November-2016 17:26 IST
M/O Culture Releases Commemorative & Circulation Coin on 500th Anniversary of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Coming to Vrindavan

Shri Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture released a Commemorative Non-Circulation Coin of ₹500 and a Circulation Coin of ₹10 as part of year-long celebrations of commemoration of “500th Anniversary of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Coming to Vrindavan” here today.

Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a famous Hindi Saint and social reformer was a distinguished promoter for the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga.  The Bhakti movement initiated by him strove to eradicate the evils of caste and feudal systems of medieval India.  Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu propagated the worship of Shri Krishna and popularized the chanting of “Hare Krishna Mantra” to all without any discrimination.

In the year 1515, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavan, with the objective of locating the lost holy places associated with Lord Krishna's transcendent pastimes. It is believed that through his intuitive powers, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was able to locate all the places associated with Lord Sri Krishna and restore the pristine purity of the religious practices of the yore.

Government of India is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Coming to Vrindavan by organizing various programmes and Exhibitions on Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s life and teachings in association with Vrindavan Research Institute and ISKCON. The inaugural function was organized by Vrndavan Research Institute at Vrindavan on 25 November, 2015.  Another function was organized by Vrindavan Research Institute at Mayapur, Nadia, the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, during 05-07 November, 2016. A Mobile Exhibition named “Shri Chaitanya Prem Rath” which started from Vrindavan on 08 February, 2016 passed through various places in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha reached Delhi on 09 March, 2016 on its way back to Vrindavan.  ISKCON, Delhi also organized a separate function on this occasion in Delhi on 28 May, 2016. All the above programmes/events were sponsored by Ministry of Culture.


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