Eknath Sashti is believed to be the day when Sant Ekanath left for heavenly abode by voluntarily laying down his life. Eknath Shasti 2017 date is March 18. Eknath Maharaj is one of the most popular and important saints among the Bhakti Saints in
Maharashtra. He was also a prolific writer and social reformer. He lived during the sixteenth century.
Eknath Sashti is observed on the sixth day (Shasti) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month as per traditional lunar Marathi calendar. On this day, he is believed to have performed Jalsamadhi in the sacred
and left his body and merged with the Supreme Soul. Godavari River
As the sun requires no help to dispel darkness, so also bhakti required no external help to destroy avidya (ignorance). Eknath held that intellectual knowledge is unnecessary for God realization.
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