Devotional Articles

Gopalanand Swami
INTRODUCTION :  Gopalanand Swami (1781–1852) was a follower of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, and he was the disciple of Sri Swaminarayan. He spread the Swaminarayan Sampraday through his followers. His birth name was Khushal Bhatt. LIFE : He was born in a village at Gujarat in a Brahmin family. Gopalanand Swami studied the philosophy of Vedanta. Gopalanand Swami was a great scholar, and also a master in all kinds of art. Though he was married and had children, he has become a saint, due to the instructions of Sri Swaminarayan. Gopalanand Swami die..
Anandamayi Ma
INTRODUCTION : Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982) was an Indian Saint. She was appreciated by Sivananda and Yogananda and described her as a perfect woman consisting of spiritual energy. LIFE :Anandamayi was born in a Brahmin family in Bangladesh. At the age of twelve years, she was married to Bholanath.  Though she was married, she concentrated her attention on meditation and doing prayers to the god. In 1926, she renovated an ancient Kali temple in the West Bengal. She has given various lectures about spirituality and was attracted by the large crowd. Various scholars w..
INTRODUCTION :  Brahmachaitanya (1845-1913) was a Hindu saint who lived in Maharashtra, India. His birth name was Ganapati. LIFE : He was born in a village in Satara District, Maharashtra. He left his home at a younger age and visited many saints including Shri Manik Prabhu and Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. After some years, he returned to his home town Kolhapur, and again after some time he went to Yehalegaon and became the disciple of the great saint Sri Tukamai, and from then onwards he was known as Sri Brahmachaitanya. He left his body in the year..
INTRODUCTION :Akrura was a chief of the Yadavas. The life of Akrura can be known from ancient Puranas. LIFE :Akrura was the son of Svaphalka and Gandini, and he was born during the dwapara yuga in Madura, in the yadava community approximately 5500 years back. Akrura was married to Sutanu, and they had two sons.  Kamsa ruled Mathura. He wanted to kill Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama, since he heard a divine voice from the sky that he would be killed by Krishna. Akrura informed Krishna about Kamsa’s plan to kill Krishna, and advised him to kill Kamsa. Ak..
Advaita Acharya
INTRODUCTION :Advaita Acharya (1434–1559), was a great Vaishnava Saint. He was a great scholar in Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana and other divine scriptures, and he promoted the Bhakti spirit amongst the devotees. His birth name was Kamalaksha Mishra. LIFE :He was born at Bangladesh. It is believed that he was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He lived with his family in Nadia,West Bengal. He was the friend of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda. And they all together spread the “HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA MANTRA” among the masses. After the death of his parents, h..
INTRODUCTION : Vidyapati (1352–1448) was a Sanskrit poet and he was born to a Shaivite Brahmin family in Bihar, India.  His father was a priest in the court of the chief of Tirhut, Bihar. He worked as a poet in the court of several kings in Bihar. It is also believed that he directly interacted with Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga through his sincere devotion on them. His famous works include: 1. Purusa Pariksa  Likhanabali  2. Bhu-Parikrama 3. Vibhagasara  4. Danavakyavali  5. Gangavakyavali 6. Varsakrtya 7. Durgabhakti..
NTRODUCTION : Vyasa is the author of the Mahabharata, Vedas and Puranas. He is also called as Veda Vyasa or Krishna Dvaipayana. He is also considered as an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu,who was born as veda vyasa in dwapara yuga for the compilation of vedas. IMPORTANCE :His birth day was known as Guru Purnima, and also known as Vyasa Purnima. Vyasa is also considered to be one of the seven Chiranjivees. He was the son of Satyavati and sage Parashara. It is believed that he was born in the present day Uttar Pradesh, India. He was..
INTRODUCTION :Vallabhacharya (1479–1531), was a Telugu saint of Vaishnavism. He was born in Chhattisgarh. He was married and had two sons. It is considered that he is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. IMPORTANCE: Vallabha studied the Vedas and the Upanishads at a younger age, and traveled extensively throughout India. He was the main person in spreading the Bhakti movement all over the country. He suggested the people to worship God Krishna, and through him any person including the householders could attain salvation. He asked the people to continuously chant the vari..
INTRODUCTION :Tulsidas (1532-1623), was a Hindu  saint and poet, was well known for his devotion to Lord Rama. He was born in a village in Uttar Pradesh. His birth name was Rambola. Tulsidas has written several popular works in Sanskrit and he was the author of the great epic Ramcharitmanas, a translation of Sanskrit Ramayana into Hindi language. Ramcharitmanas is considered as one of the finest works of Hindi literature. LIFE :Tulsidas lived in the city of Varanasi.  He was the founder of Lord Hanuman Temple in Varanasi. He ..
Swami Samarth
INTRODUCTION:  Swami Samarth (19th century AD) also known as Akkalkot Swami, was an Indian Saint and is worshipped by his devotees in  Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sri Swami Samarth settled at Akkalkot village in Maharashtra, India. He stayed in Akkalkot for many years. His family details & place of birth is unknown. Sri Swami Samarth declared that he was originated from a holy tree. It is also believed that his original name was Narasimha Bhan, and that his native place was Srisailam, Andhra prad..
Sripada Sri Vallabha
INTRODUCTION :Sripada Srivallabha was a spiritual guru of Hinduism, and he is regarded as the avatar of Lord Dattatreya. He was born in the year 1320, and lived in Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh.  LIFE :Sripada Srivallabha was born on Ganesh Chaturti. It is believed that Sripada Srivallabha is a 'Chiranjeevi' and he took 'Jalsamadhi' on 1351 in river Krishna near Raichur, Karnataka. It is believed that he still exists in divine form and blessing us. Once Sripada has regained the life of Sri Vallabhesh, and then he became a sincere devotee of Sripada Srivallabha. Sripada Sri..
INTRODUCTION : Ramananda (1400-1476) was a Vaishnava saint. He was born in Allahabad. He was the founder of the Ramanandi Sampradaya. LIFE :He was born in a Brahmin family. He lived in the holy city of Varanasi. Ramananda was known for composing his works in Hindi language. His writings are very simple and understandable by everyone. Ramananda studied under Raghavananda. He learnt all the vedas and sacred texts and grasped them immediately. He was well versed in all forms of art. He was talented in spiritual aspects of Hinduism. He was an intelligen..
INTRODUCTION :Sakhubai was the daughter of a poor couple in Pandharpur. She was born a few hundred years ago in Pandharpur. Her parents were very humble and straight forward in nature. They were very sincere devotees of Lord Panduranga. They always worship him with pure bhakti in their mind. LIFE :She was fully involved in a deep sense of devotion to God. At a very young age itself, she started doing puja in her home, and assisted her mother towards the daily house hold activities like cooking and maintaining the house. Sakhubai was a kind, and a good natured girl. Soon she was married t..
Rishi Pulaha
INTRODUCTION : Rishi Pulaha is the son of Lord Brahma, and is one among the ten Prajapatis, created by Lord Brahma. Pulaha was married to Kshama and Gati. His children are:- 1. Kardama 2. Kanakapeetha 3. Urvarivat 4. Peevari 5. Karmasreshtta 6. Vareeyaamsu 7. Sahishnu IMPORTANCE : Pulaha was the disciple of sage Sanandana and learned all the vedic subjects, and obtained great knowledge and wisdom through him. Pulaha was the guru to sage Gautama. Due to his severe penance on Lord Shiva, he has attained a place in Swarka Loka, the divine abode of L..
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