Rasikananda Prabhu

Rasikananda was born in the year 1590 A.D. at Balasore District of Odisha. His birth name was RasikaMurari. He used to worship Lord Krishna from his childhood by uttering the names of the Lord repeatedly. He used to sing songs on Lord Krishna in a peaceful location near Ghantasila which is situated amidst full of greenery. Once he met Sri Shyamananda Thakur, who wasa great Krishna devotee. Through the insistence of Lord Krishna, Thakur taught various Mantras of Lord Krishna and asked him to keep bhakti on the Lord in a sincere manner.

Apart from Shaymananda, Sri Jiva Goswami also met Rasika and began to teach the essentials of Krishna bhakti, and also taught him Srimad Bhagavatham, and Bhagavat Gita. He also initiated RasikaMurari in the spiritual path, and renamed him as Rasikananda.As per the advice of his Guru, Rasikananda had established a Mutt at Remuna, Balasore District, Odisha, and spent his remaining days in the mutt by preaching and teaching the significance of Lord Krishna amongst the general public and to his disciples. Still now his Samadhi Shrine is situated there, and lot of devotees are worshipping him at his Samadhi shrine.

Once, when Sri Rasikananda Swami was challenged by the then Muslim king of Odisha to pacify a wild elephant, Swami had accepted the challenge, and by the chanting the names of Lord Krishna on the ears of the wild elephant, the elephant had nodded its head, and bowed at him.

On seeing the supreme powers of Sri Rasikananda,the Muslim ruler was stunned, and he began to praise the greatness of Sri Rasikananda Swami. During his period, Swami Rasikananda visited various pilgrimage centres and worshipped Lord Krishna. One of his chief disciple Sri Madhabendra Puri’s Samadhi Shrine is situated near Gopinath temple, in Odisha.

There are many staunch devotees of Lord Krishna, and most of them have lived during the 15th century AD. All of them preached the Krishna Bhakti amongst the people, and their entire body chants the names and the glories of Lord Krishna, Due to their selfless devotion, after their death, they have attained salvation.

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