Eknath was a saint from 16h century. His parents are Rukmini bai and Suryanarayan. They belonged to the Deshastha Rigvedi Brahmin family in paithan, now we call that Maharashtra. His father worked as a Kulkarni, and kept financial accounts.

His family used to worship a Goddess named Ekaveera. Maybe because of that reason they named him Eknath. The amazing fact is that his Great grandfather Bhanudasa was also a saint from warkari sect! He’s from the 14th century. He brought back the sacred image of the God Vithoba from Vijayanagaram to pandarpur. In his childhood, he used to worship the Sun-God and later he started worshipping Vithoba.

Eknath was a Disciple of Janarthan swami, and he wrote many divine poems, they are; Bhagavatha Purana, Bhavartha Ramayan, Ananda-Lahari, Prahlad-Vijaya, and Swa-Athmasukha. He also composed Rukminiswayamvar Hasthamalak, a literary work consisting of poetic 764 metres.  He introduced a new form of devotional melodies called Bharoodh and wrote nearly 300 of them.

His other literary works are Shukashtak ‘447 owed.’ And Geethasaar. He’s a devotee of Lord Krishna since he learned so much wisdom from Shrimadh Bhagavad-Gita. He dedicated many works to Lord Krishna! He stated that Bhagavad-Gita is a guide to the people who want to attain Enlightenment.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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