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Name: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada                                         
Born: 1 September 1896 Kolkata, West Bengal, India                                 
Died: 14 November 1977 Vrindavan, India                                           
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (September 1, 1896-November 14, 1977) was     
the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (popularly     
known as the "Hare Krishnas"). Born as Abhay Charan De, in Kolkata, West Bengal,   
India. He studied at the Scottish Churches College, Calcutta, which was then       
administered by the British. Before adopting the life of a vanaprastha, or pious   
renunciant, in 1950, he was married with children and owned a small               
pharmaceutical business. He later took sannyasa (a vow of renunciation) in 1959.   
In his later years, as a Vaishnava sadhu, he became an influential communicator   
of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology to India and specifically to the West through his   
leadership of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON),       
founded in 1966. In respects to this achievement, religious leaders from other     
Gaudiya Vaishnava movements have given the praise:                                 
“ Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja surprised the entire world as well as his         
godbrothers with his outstanding achievements. He single handedly fulfilled the   
prediction of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: "The Holy Names of Krishna will be sung   
in every town and village in the world."