Tailang Swami Jayanti, birth anniversary of Trailanga Swami (Telang Swami) falls on Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. In 2016, Tailang Swami Jayanti date is January 20.
Tailang Swami was a Hindu Yogi known for his spiritual powers who lived in Varanasi. According to many sources, Trailanga Swami lived to be 280 years old, residing at Varanasi between 1737-1887.
He is regarded by devotees as an incarnation of Shiva. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa referred to him as the “The walking Shiva of Varanasi”.
Tailang Swami’s pre-monastic name was Shivarama and he was born in Kumbilapuram presently known as Kumili of Puspatirega Tehisil at Vizianagaram District in Andhra Pradesh.
After 20 years of spiritual practice (sadhana), he met his preceptor swami, Bhagirathananda Saraswati, in 1679 from the Punjab. Bhagirathananda initiated Shivaram into monastic vows (sannyasa) and named him Swami Ganapati Saraswati in 1685. Ganapati reportedly led a life of severe austerities and went on a pilgrimage, reaching Prayag in 1733, before finally settling in Varanasi in 1737.
He was a member of the Dashanami order, he became known as Trailanga Swami after he settled in Varanasi, living the monastic life.