• Recently a controversy erupted regarding Saint Samarth Ramdas.

About Samarth Ramdas

  • Samarth Ramdas (1608 – 1681), also known as Sant Ramdas or Ramdas Swami, was a Hindu saint, philosopher, poet, writer and spiritual master.
  • He was a devotee of Lord Ram and Hanuman.
  • He toured the entire Indian subcontinent for 12 years, during which he came across various spiritual teachers and diverse religious traditions.
  • His paean to Lord Hanuman, Maruti Stotra, is still commonly recited by school children as well as wrestlers akhadas across Maharashtra.
  • He built a temple of Rama and Maruti (Hanuman) and founded a math or monastery which exists to the present day.
  • Swami Ramdas was an exponent of Bhakti Yoga or the path of devotion. According to him, total devotion to Rama brings about spiritual evolution.
  • He was of the opinion that saints must not withdraw from society but instead actively engage towards social and moral transformation.
  • He encouraged the participation of women in religious work and offered them positions of authority.
  • He published two books based on his experiences, “Asmani Sultani” and “Para chakra niroopan.”
  • Ramdas founded the Samarth sect to reintroduce spirituality into society. He established several matha.
  • Ramdas died in 1681 at Sajjangad. For five days previously, he had ceased drinking food and water. This practice of fasting unto death is known as Prayopavesa.
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