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Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi - Death Anniversary of Sant Dnyaneshwar at Alandi

Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sant Dnyaneshwar, or Jnaneshwar, who revolutionized the bhakti cult in Maharashtra. In 2024, the date of Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi is November 28. At the age of sixteen Sant Dnyaneshwar wrote Jnaneswari – the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. 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.

Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi - Death Anniversary of Sant Dnyaneshwar at Alandi
During the time of Sant Dnyaneshwar, the unparalleled teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Dnyaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class.

Sant Dnyaneshwar 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 Dnyaneshwari, 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.

It is annually observed on Kartik Krishna Paksha Trayodashi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pranav Khullar writes in Hindustan Times
…Jnaneswar revolutionised Bhakti literature. Amongst the first to use Marathi to spread and demystify the message of the ancient texts, Jnaneswar unleashed a silent movement against the religious monopoly of the orthodoxy. This new paradigm became the rallying point of many a mystic and reformer later.