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(Hinduism, Vaishnavism)

Advaita Acarya, an intimate associate of the 15th Century Bengali Saint, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is considered an incarnation of Sadashiva and Maha-Vishnu. It was in response to His calls that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu descended to this world. Seeing the degraded condition of the people in Kali-Yuga, the Age of Quarrel, Sri Advaita Acarya worshiped Lord Krishna on the banks of the Ganges with Ganges water and tulasi leaves, crying out and begging for the Lord to come save the suffering souls. Because of Sri Advaita Acarya's pure devotion and compassion, Lord Krishna descended as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

(See Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 6.)

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