Shri Krishna Saraswati Punyatithi (Datta Swami Punyatithi / Shri Krishna Saraswati Datta Maharaj Punyatithi) is the Maha Samadhi day of Shri Krishna Saraswati, who is considered as an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. In 2013, Shri Krishna Saraswati Jayanti date is August 31.
Shri Krishna Saraswati Punyatithi is observed on Krishna Paksha Dashami in Shravan Month, tenth day after Full Moon in Shravana Month as per Marathi calendar. He spread the Bhakti movement during the period of 1836 -1900 AD in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
As per the devotees of Datta Swami, the incarnations of Lord Dattatreya are – Shripada Shrivallabha, Shri Narasimha Saraswati, Shri Manikprabhu at Maniknagar, Shri Swami Samartha at Akkalkot, Swami Shri Krishna Saraswati at Kolhapur, Shri Saibaba at Shirdi, Annabua at Miraj and Dhondibua Paluskar.
Among the various incarnations of Lord Dattatreya, only this biography is completely available fron Swami’s birth to end. Swami is also known widely as Dattaswami , being incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. He stayed at Kolhapur in Kumbhar Lane (Potters Lane) and hence he was called as Kumbhar Swami.
Shri Krishna Saraswati Jayanti is observed on Krishna Paksha Panchami in Magha Month, fifth day after Full Moon in Magh Month as per Marathi calendar.