Vaishnavism

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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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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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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Aesthatics of Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568), the founder of the Vaishnavite order Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma was a multi-faceted person whose works had different dimensions. In spite of being a religious preceptor, he included aesthetic activities like Sattriyā dance, Bargeet song, Sankari music, Ankiyā plays, painting and sculpture in his scheme of things. Needless to say, all these …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva in Global Perspective

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was an important personality in the annals of history. He was not only a religious preceptor, but also a social reformer, who sanskritized the ethnic groups of the volatile North East India and assimilated them with the national main-stream of Bharatavarsha through the tools of culture as well as philosophical perspective. …

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Mahapurusha Madhavadeva

Madhavadeva’s father Govinda Bhuyan was an accountant of Pratap Rai, the king of Banduka, presently in Rangpur district of Bangladesh. Forefather of Govinda had earlier migrated from Kannauj along with other Bhuyans. Govinda married a girl named Anuchita in Banduka. Anuchita died at an early age leaving an infant son, Damodar. When Damodar grew up, Govinda …

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Vedic thoughts in Srimanta Sankaradeva’s writings

Srimanta Sankaradeva was one of the foremost religious philosophers in the world. His religion Eka Sharana Nâma Dharma had laid the foundation for a new religious philosophy though he had not made any conscious effort to that end. The religious philosophy preached by Srimanta Sankaradeva had its genesis in the Veda. Many people misconstrued it …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva as an innovator

Srimanta Sankaradeva is generally remembered as a religious preceptor, who founded the Eka Sarana Nâma Dharma order. But that is not his only identity. His activities were not confined to the realm of religion alone. His activities were multi-dimensional. He contributed so many things to the society, or to be more precise to the humanity. …

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Special features of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s institution and practices

Srimanta Sankaradeva founded a new order named Eka Sarana Nâma Dharma. This nomenclature itself defines his ideology. Eka Sarana means refuge in one entity alone. That is none but lord Krishna, who is identified with the supreme absolute Brahman in this order.1 This idea of taking refuge in only one entity precludes worship of any …

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