Govindananda Bharati

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Govindananda Bharati
Born Jayanthan Nambudiripad
(1826-09-27)27 September 1826
Akkikkavu, Thrissur District, Kerala, India
Died January, 1963
Dhruvasthali, Kathmandu
Guru Oruvannoor Pazhoor Achyuthan
Philosophy Swadharm
Literary works Long Pilgrimage

Govindananda Bharati also known as Shivapuri Baba is a Hindu saint and a traveller hermit who taught the world swadharma, the ancient system of living. He is the first Keralite to encircle the world and earned the name Malayali Magellan.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born as Jayanthan Nambudiripad in Akkikkavu of Thrissur District in 1826, he lost his family at the age of 9. His grandfather Achyutam, who was a well known astrologer in the court of Tipu Sultan, looked after him. Govindananda left his home when he was 24 with his grandfather and attained Iswarasakshatkaram in Amarantaka forest of Madhya Pradesh. After getting enlightenment, he became sanyasi in Sringeri Math and changed his name to Govindananda Bharathi.[3][4]

Controversy[edit]

The year of birth of Govindananda Bharati is highly controversial. There is no evidence for the claim that he lived up to an age of 137 years. The claim that his place of birth was in Akkikkavu, Thrissur District, Kerala, is also purely based on speculation, and lacks any kind of historical evidence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Govindananda Bharati memorial comes up in Thrissur". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ "The legend of Shivpuri Baba". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Govindananda Bharati memorial comes up in Thrissur". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  4. ^ "The legend of Shivpuri Baba". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-09-19.