Sri Ramdas, popular known as Samarth Ramdas, was a Marathi saint and poet in the 17th century. Sri Ramdas Navami 2016 date is March 3. Sri Ramdas dropped his physical body and merged with the Supreme Soul on the Navami day of Krishna Paksha in the Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Marathi Calendar.
Sri Ramdas was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman and he turned to spirituality at a very young age. Sri Ramdas was a gifted poet and his short poems contain universal truth and are pregnant with meaning. He is believed to have greatly influenced Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Sri Ramdas inspired and motivated his generation to rise against the foreign oppressors and also stimulated the thoughts of self realization. His life, writings and poems continues to inspire Marathis and all those who had the opportunity to read his immortal literary works.