Q. With reference to Gaudiya Vaishnavism, consider the following statements:
1. It is a Hindu religious movement inspired by Madhavacharya.
2The focus is on devotional worship of Radha and Krishna.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
- Statement 1 is incorrect: It is a Vaishnava Hindu religious movement inspired by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Here, “Gaudiya” refers to the Gaura or Gauḍa region of Bengal with Vaishnavism meaning “the worship of Vishnu”.
- Statement 2 is correct: The focus of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is the devotional worship (known as bhakti-yoga) of Radha and Krishna, and their many divine incarnations as the supreme forms of God, Svayam Bhagavan.