Sri Ramdas, popular known as Samarth Ramdas, was a Marathi saint and poet in the 17th century. His birth anniversary is observed in Chaitra month on Ram Navami. Samartha Ramdas Swami Jayanti 2017 date is April 5.
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.
Samartha Ramdas Swami Jayanti is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.