Sant Jnaneshwar Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sant Dnyaneshwar, or Jnaneshwar, who revolutionized the bhakti cult in
Maharashtra. Sant Jnaneshwar Punyatithi 2014 date is November 20. At the age of sixteen Sant Jnaneshwar wrote Jnaneswari – the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.
Sant Jnaneshwar Punayatithi is observed on the 13th day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Karthik month as per the traditional calendar followed in
Jnaneswari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
During the time of Sant Jnaneshwar, the great teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Jnaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class.
Sant Jnaneshwar was amongst the first to use the local language of Marathi to spread and demystify the message of the Hindu scriptures like Bhagavad Gita. He popularized the teachings of Sanatana Dharma and took it to the common man.
Jnaneswari, or Dhnyashwari, the most widely read Marathi Bhagavad Gita adaptation, was primarily intended for common people who were not able to understand and read the original Sanskrit version. The original Bhagavad Gita contains 700 verses but Sant Jnaneshwar’s Jnaneswari contains 9000 verses. He goes deep into the philosophy and teaching of Gita and uses similes and examples from daily life to make the common man understand the message of Gita.
At the age of twenty-two, Sant Dnyaneshwar went into a state of deep meditation known as Jivan Samadhi.
The day is of great significance at Alandi in
Maharashtra, which is his resting place. Alandi Yatra is held during the period.