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Hinduism - Who Is Kavikarnapura?

 


 (mid-16th century) Author of one version of the Chaitanya-Charitramrta ("Nectar of Chaitanya's Deeds"), a Bengali saint Chaitanya's life story.

The text of Kavikarnapura was composed in 1542, nine years after Chaitanya's death, and at a time when efforts to make Chaitanya a saint had already started.

Kavikarnapura clearly recognizes his debt to Murari Gupta's previous biography of Chaitanya.

He departs from the older text by depicting Chaitanya as a Krishna incarnation who has come to bestow grace on ordinary people.

The author does not claim that this is a "objective" biography, but rather a hagiography produced by a devout follower, as with other conventional narratives of Chaitanya's life (bhakta).

 


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Hinduism - Who Was Krishnadas Kaviraj?

 

Krishnadas Kaviraj is the author of the Chaitanya-Charitramrta ("Nectar of Chaitanya's Deeds"), a chronicle of the life of the Bengali poet-saint Chaitanya, published roughly ninety years after Chaitanya's death.

Krishnadas' manuscript is Chaitanya's most recent and comprehensive biography, focusing mostly on Chaitanya's latter life, particularly his journey to Brindavan, the northern Indian town where the divinity Krishna is said to have spent his boyhood.

The three Goswamis—Rupa, Sanatana, and Jiva—have a strong intellectual effect on this literature, and their views shaped Chaitanya's religious followers, the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

This narrative, like the other classic accounts of Chaitanya's life, is a hagiography (an idealizing and idolizing image) produced by a devoted devotee, rather than a "objective" history (bhakta).

 

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