Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva
Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti
  • ISBN 13 : 9789394201866
  • year : 2022
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva is a research-based biography of the great polymath from medieval India, Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD). The saint litterateur founded a new Vaishnavite order named Eka Sarana Nama Dharma. This order preached devotion to a single God, Lord Krishna. But at the same time, the saint made massive contribution to literature and culture too. He was the first playwright in all modern Indian languages. He was the creator of Sattriya dance, Bargeet and Ankiya plays. He reformed the then society and redeemed the people from numerous regressive practices like sacrifice of living beings before deity. He gave up his royal status and came down to the level of common people. Consequently, he and his followers had to undergo many hardships in life. Srimanta Sankaradeva created a social institution named Than (later known as Sattra), which was built around the worshipping place called Kirtanghar, having unique architectural features. It became a social enterprise, which integrated the heterogenous ethnic groups of Brahmaputra valley. That is why the saint is called father of Assamese people. He was a pioneer of adult education too, his Than (Sattra) being centres of learning. In the present book, Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti has presented a lucid narrative of the eventful life of the polymath. The author has derived the exact time of different events in the saint s life.