Sant Dnyaneshwar (film)

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Sant Dnyaneshwar
Sant Dnyaneshwar (film) cover.jpg
VCD Cover
Directed by Vishnupant Govind Damle
Sheikh Fattelal
Written by Anand Kumar
Shivram Vashikar
Based on Sant Dnyaneshwar
Starring Shahu Modak
Datta Dharmadhikari
Pandit
Release date(s) 1940
Running time 139 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Marathi

Sant Dnyaneshwar is a 1940 film about the life of Dnyaneshwar (1275–1296), a 13th-century Maharashtrian Hindu saint (Sant - a title by which he is often referred), poet, philosopher and yogi of the Nath tradition.[1][2][3]

Plot[edit]

Sant Dnyaneshwar was the second of the four children of Vitthal Govind Kulkarni and Rukmini, a pious couple from Apegaon near Paithan on the banks of the river Godavari. Vitthal had studied Vedas and set out on pilgrimages at a young age. In Alandi, about 30 km from Pune, Sidhopant, a local Yajurveda Brahmin, was very much impressed with him and Vitthal married his daughter Rukmini.

After some time, getting permission from Rukmini, Vitthal went to Kashi(Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India), where he met Ramananda Swami and requested to be initiated into sannyas, lying about his marriage. But Ramananda Swami later went to Alandi and, convinced that his student Vitthal was the husband of Rukmini, he returned to Kashi and ordered Vitthal to return home to his family. The couple was excommunicated from the Brahmin caste as Vitthal had broken with sannyas, the last of the four ashrams. Four children were born to them; Nivrutti, Dnyandev, Sopan, Mukta. It is believed that later Vitthal and Rukmini ended their lives by jumping into the waters at Prayag where the river Ganges meets Yamuna hoping that their children would be accepted into the society after their death.

The orphaned children grew up on alms. They approached the Brahmin community of Paithan to accept them but the Brahmins refused. According to the disputed "Shuddhi Patra" the children were purified by the Brahmins on condition of observing celibacy. But when they returned the Brahmins did not pay any attention to the Shuddhi Patra and told that it was fake. Later a farmer take them to live with his family where Dnyaneshwar translated the Bhagwat Gita into Marathi language and performed many miracles; flying on a wall was the most famous one.

Directors[edit]

  • Vishnupant Govind Damle[4]
  • Sheikh Fattelal

Writers[edit]

  • Anand Kumar
  • Shivram Vashikar

Cast[edit]

  • Shahu Modak as Dnyaneshwar
  • Datta Dharmadhikari
  • Pandit
  • Tamhankar
  • Shanta Majumdar
  • Sumati Gupta
  • Bhagwat

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