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Gaurakishora dasa Babaji Maharaja is a Vaishnava saint and guru, primarily known as the spiritual master of
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, whose own disciple, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada spread the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, or Krishna consciousness, all over the world.
Babaji Maharaja appeared in the 1830s. After his wife’s death, he moved to Vrindavan, India, where he stayed for over thirty years. He would wander the forests there, chanting two million names of Krishna every day. He was known for his renunciation and humility, begging food from a few houses and carrying only two books by Narottama Dasa Thakura.
Babaji Maharaja generally avoided the public and had no desire for followers. But Bhaktivinoda Thakura requested him to accept one disciple—his son, Bimala Prasad—who later became Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji departed the world in 1915.