Among Bengali Hindus, the Shakta school of worship had initially drawn more followers than Vaishnav spirituality. That changed in the mid-14th century, after Mahaprabhu Shree Chaitanya started his Bhakti movement.
Mayapur, a small village in Bengal where he is believed to have been born, has since become a pilgrimage spot for Vaishnavites.
The village, in Nadia district, was previously known as Miyapur. It started attracting tourists from all over the globe from the 1970s, when a temple, meditation centre and study centre were constructed here by Prabhupada, an exponent of the Hare Krishna movement.