INTRODUCTION: Tukaram, also known as Sant Tukaram, Bhakta Tukaram, Tukaram Maharaj was a 17th-century Hindu poet and saint in Maharashtra, India. Tukaram is best known for his devotional poems and specialized in writing and singing spiritual songs known as kirtans. His poetry was devoted to Vitthala or Vithoba, an avatar of Hindu god Vishnu.LIFEHe was born in the year 1608 in a village in Maharashtra, India. Tukaram was born in lower caste. His parents were devotees of Vithoba(A form of Lo..
INTRODUCTION: Gopanna (1620 – 1680), popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas or Bhadrachala Ramadas, was a devotee of Lord Rama and a composer of Carnatic music. He lived in the village of Nelakondapalli near Bhadrachalam, Telangana and is renowned for constructing a famous temple for Lord Sri Rama at Bhadrachalam. His devotional poems on Rama are famous in South Indian classical music as Ramadaasu Keertanalu. He wrote a collection of nearly 108 poems dedicated to Lord Rama.LIFEBhaktha Ramadas was born ..
INTRODUCTION: Andal is the female Alvar, and also a great poet and a saint, who dedicated her entire life towards the worship of Lord Vishnu. She is believed to be born during 7th century AD at Srivilliputhur.LIFEAndal was brought up by Periazhwar, who was a sincere devotee of Lord Vishnu, and he used to wear garland to Perumal every day. It is believed that one day, Andal has worn the garland before dedicating it to the God. Periazhwar, was very much upset with this incident. And then Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream, and asked him to dedicate only the garland..
INTRODUCTION : Allama Prabhu was a 12th century Kannada saint, and a famous poet who realizes the importance of Self(soul), and pressurize the people to fill up spiritual energy in their soul, and to realize the stay of god in their soul. He belongs to the Lingayat sect. And he cultivated the Shiva worship among the people. Allama presides the Anubhava Mantapa. It is the academy of the saints belonged to the Veera Shaiva faith, and it was established during 12th century AD.LIFEAllama Prabhu was born in Karnataka, India, in the 12th century...
INTRODUCTIONAbirami Pattar was a 18th century Hindu saint from Tamil Nadu. His birth name was Subramaniya Iyer. He is the author of Abhirami Anthadhi.LIFE Subramaniya Iyer was born in the village of Thirukadaiyur. Amritaghateswarar-Abirami Temple is situated at Thirukkadaiyur. Subramaniya Iyer was a staunch devotee of goddess Abirami from his childhood days.IMPORTANCEOnce, the King of that place visited the Amritaghateswarar temple, and he approached Subramaniya Iyer, who was the priest of that temple, and asked him whether that day was amavasya or pournami. Actually that day was Am..
INTRODUCTION: Ramanuja (1017 AD–1137 AD) was one of the most important influential spiritual master of the Vaishnavism tradition. According to traditional belief, he has been regarded as an AMSA of Lord Adhishesha. He founded the Bhakti movement on Lord Vishnu. He is also known as Sri Ramanujacharya, Udaiyavar, Yatiraja, Bhashyakarar, Godagrajar, Thiruppavai Jeeyar, Emberumanar and Lakshmana Muni.LIFERamanuja's guru was Yadava Prakasa. Ramanuja is famous as the chief supporter of Vishishtadvaita. Ramanuja wrote severa..
INTRODUCTIONAdi Shankaracharya, was the saint who advocated Advaita Vedanta in india. He wrote commentaries on Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. He explained the difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism tells "Atman (Soul, Self) exists", while Buddhism tells that there is "no Soul, no Self".Shankara travelled across India to advocate his philosophy through discourses. He is reputed to have founded four mathas. He is also known as Adi Shankaracharya.BirthThe birthplace of Adi Shankara is at Kalady, Kerala.It is..
INTRODUCTIONSaint Pattinathar was born in 14th century as Thiruvengadar at Kaveripoompattinam. He belongs to a wealthy merchant family, and he was doing his family business, before attaining sainthood. IMPORTANCE OF THE DIVINE SAINTAfter reaching a certain age, he took up his family business, and once his father has sent him with goods through ship for doing business. But, Pattinathar just brought back sacks full of paddy husks. The angry father was very much disappointed with him, and locked him in a room and went to the harbour and threw the husks out. He was very much astonished to see..
INTRODUCTION : Narayana Bhattathiri (1560–1646), was a student of Pisharati, and was an expert in mathematics. He was the author of Narayaneeyam, which was written in praise of Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna). LifeBhattathiri was from Melpathur,Kerala and he was born in a Brahmin family. Bhattathiri studied from his father. At an younger age, he became a pundit. He got married and settled at Thrikandiyur.Importance The Narayaneeyam was written by Bhattathiri in 1586 AD and gives a summary of 18,000 verses of the Bhagavata Purana.Bh..
INTRODUCTION : Annamacharya (1408 –1503) is a great Hindu saint and a poet, and has composed many songs on Lord Venkateswara. He is well versed in Carnatic music. He is a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, and considered to be an avatar of Nandaka, Lord Vishnu’s sword. LifeTallapaka Annamacharya was born in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Along with him, his wife and his son were also experts in music and writing poems. Spiritual workAnnamayya is said to have composed many songs on Lord Venkateswara. He is the author of his musical work "Sankirthana lakshanamu".Du..
INTRODUCTION : Basavanna was born in Karnataka and is a great poet, and a great devotee of Lord Shiva.He was the founder of the Lingayat Movement. He has written many spiritual books.BIRTHBasava was born in 1105 AD in Karnataka, and belongs to the Kannada Brahmin community, who is entirely devoted to Lord Shiva. He was named as Basava, which was also one of the names of Lord Nandhikeswara. Basava spent twelve years and studied at a Shaivite school for learning.Basava was married and then he has worked as an accountant in the court of king.IMPORTANCEHe..
INTRODUCTION : Vikramaditya was a great emperor of ancient India. He is a great personality, and gives respect to the learned scholars in his court. Ancient legends, praises him as a great king and a great valour, who is well known for his courage and kindness among his people. He was the ruler of Ujjain. He ruled several thousand of years before, and is still given respect by the people all over india. A temple is also dedicated to him in Ujjain.IMPORTANCEKing Vikramaditya is well known for his skills, and he is a great devotee of Goddess Kali. He is also considered as an incarnatio..
INTRODUCTIONDhanvantri is an Ayurvedic god, and worshipped widely all over india as a god of medicine. He has emerged from the Ocean with Amirtha (Divine immortal drink of the devas) on his hand. His birthday is celebrated as Dhanteras all over India, especially by north Indians. This festival will be celebrated before deepavali, and mainly by north indian jewellery shops, who will celebrate it in a grand manner similar to that of Akshaya Tritiya.ImportanceDhanvantri is a divine god and he is considered as an avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is having four hands. He is believed to be the relieve..
INTRODUCTION : The word Puranas covers a wide range of topics and it is mainly composed in Sanskrit, but also in Tamil and other Indian languages, and these are focussed the major Hindu deities such as Vishnu, Shiva and Devi and narrates their importance.There are 18 Puranas and have been important in the Hindu culture. All Puranas praise Hindu gods and goddesses. The Bhagavata Purana has been the popular text in Hinduism and is considered as a very holy one, since it tells the leelas of Lord Krishna during his childhood. ..