(Hinduism, Vaishnavism)

A great devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Haridasa Thakura is considered the "namacarya", the spiritual master in chanting the holy name of Krishna (hari-nama). Though he was born in a Muslim family, Lord Caitanya's devotees respected him as being better than the best of brahmanas. He would not eat or sleep until he finished his daily quota of chanting the name of Krishna 300,000 times. Along with Lord Nityananda, Haridasa Thakura spread the chanting of Krishna's name throughout Bengal. In Jagannatha Puri, where Haridasa Thakura spent his later days, Lord Caitanya would regularly send him prasadam and discuss with him topics of Krishna. Haridasa Thakura died chanting Krsna's name in the presence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. After Haridasa Thakura's death, Lord Caitanya carried his body to the sea and with His own hands buried him in the sand.

(See Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-lila 10.43-47 and Antya-lila, chapters 3 and 11.)

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