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Life of Srimanta Sankaradeva : chronology of events

Researched and Prepared by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti 1320—Chandibar, forefather of Srimanta Sankaradeva migrated from Kannauj 1419-20—Kusumbar Bhuyan, father of Sankaradeva married Satyasandhya 1449—Sankara was born at Alipukhuri 1450—Sankara’s grandfather Suryabar died 1451— Sankara’s brother Banganya was born 1454— Sankara given Uttari 1457—Kusumbar Bhuyan died 1461— Sankara’s education started under Mahendra Kandali 1465— Sankara completed …

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In memory of Narayan Chandra Goswami

I have known Sattradhikar Narayan Chandra Goswami for about twenty five years. It started with a disinformation campaign by some Chaitanyaites who were writing articles that Srimanta Sankaradeva had taken ideas from Chaitanyadeva. I wrote a series of articles in vernacular media of Assam in mid-nineties of the last century. This series first appeared in …

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Spiritual humanist Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva was a great polymath, who contributed in numerous disciplines. He created a new religious order named Eka Sharana Nāma Dharma, which had many distinctive features. He was not only a religious leader, but also a poet, playwright, textual critic, musician, actor, director, dancer, choreographer, painter, textile designer and so on. He was even …

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Philosophy of Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma embedded in Madhavadeva’s Nāmghoshā

Mahapurusha Madhavadeva’s Nām-Ghoshā is such a book that is at the same time collection of sweet hymns as well as a series of profound philosophical theories of Vivartanavāda pertaining to the Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma order founded by his preceptor Srimanta Sankaradeva. It is upto the readers to choose the objective in reading or reciting, …

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Discourse analysis of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s Kirttana-Ghoshā

Kirttana-Ghoshā is the magnum opus of Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568), the medieval saint litterateur from Assam. Discourse analysis of this classical treatise is a challenging task. It is because discourses are sequences of related utterances or writings, whereas the Kirttana-Ghoshā has several such sequences. We have also to remember historicity in this study. While Srimanta Sankaradeva …

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Ankiya Play and Bhaona of Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was a leading playwright of Assam as well as India. He set several world records as a playwright and director. His maiden play Chihna yatra launched the movement of regional plays in the modern Indian languages. This play was enacted in 1468 AD at Tembuwani (Bardowa).1 Unfortunately no script of this …

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Than & Sattra institution : a living heritage of Sankaradeva legacy  

  The Thân or Sattra institution is a living heritage bequeathed to the posterity by Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449 AD – 1568 AD). Unlike most heritages, which are long dead, the Thân or Sattra institution continues to be a vibrant one. Earlier, it was known only as Thân. Later on the name Sattra also came to be used. The …

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Common socio-economic perspectives of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Guru Nanak

  The holy land of Bharatavarsha, a wider concept than the present-day India, has seen emergence of many saints and reformers over the milleniums. But there have been very few who have revolutionized the entire socio-economic scenario of their respective regions together with religious movements, like Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568) and Guru Nanak (1469-1539) did. …

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Analysis of the Thân or Sattra institution from the perspective of Economics and Political Science

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was an unprecedented genius in the annals of world history, as he contributed many original works to the humanity. His creations are now parts of our common heritage. One such heritage is the Sattra institution. In his time, it was known as Thân. The institutional complexes set up during his life-time …

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Swami Vivekananda’s thought about society

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was such a person who spent his entire time for the people, both in India and abroad. His life was for the society. He followed the ideology of his master Ramakrishna Paramahansa, who did not have the slightest hesitation in offering his time and attention to the most insignificant person. Ramakrishna did …

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