(Hinduism, Vaishnavism)

Lord Nityananda Prabhu (C. 15th) appeared as Lord Caitanya's principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He especially spread the holy name of the Lord throughout Bengal. A member of the pañca-tattva, or the five features of the Absolute, He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.

(See Sri Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-lila, chapter 5.)