|| Mahapurush Madhab Dev ||
Madhab Bhuyan was the son of Govindagiri and Monorama. Once his mother, Monorama fell seriously ill. Then Madhab promised to sacrifice a goat before the mother Goddess. He thereby wanted to please the Goddess for the early recovery of his mother. He, therefore, requested Ram Das, his brotherin-law to bring a male goat. But Ram Das was unwilling to do so. He was a devotee of Srimanta Shankardev.
Ram Das, one day arranged a meeting of Madhab with Srimanta Shankardev. A religious debate took place between the two. Finally young Madhab realized that animal sacrifice is not necessary to please gods and goddesses. He, thereafter, became a devotee of Srimanta Shankardev and of his religious faith. This meeting between young Madhab and Saint Shankardev took place in a village of Majuli named Dhuwahata Belguri in 1515 AD . The meeting was a historic one. Madhabdev realized the truth that only through devotion could the favour of God be obtained.
Madhavdev was born in 1489 A.D. in a village called Letekupukhuri. Thevillageisin present day Lakhimpur district. Madhavdev followed his guru wherever he went.He never married. Shankardev asked Madhav to stay at a placenearBarpeta. So, Madhavbecame a resident of that place for long eighteen years. The place is known as Ganakkuchi. After his guru’s death, Madhavdev left Ganakkuchi for Patbausi. But he soon shifted his residence to a nearby place named ev was Sundaridiya. a great Vaishnavite His name saint and of fame Assam. grew He there.was famous.
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for his literary works also. He translated a good number of Sanskrit verses. He translated Adikanda of the Ramayana from Sanskrit. Books like Janma Rahasya, Rajasuya Kavya, Arjuna-Bhanjana are some of his translation works. Sri Madhavdev asked his nephew to collect the verses composed by his guru.
This collection in the form of a book is the famous Kirtana-Ghosa of Sri Shankardey Again, he composed as many as one hundred and ninety one
Borgeets (devotional songs). But the most brilliant works of Sri Madhavdev are “Naam-Ghosa’ and ‘Ratnawall’. Later Madhavdev shifted to Koch Behar. There he established one Satra at a place called Bheladonga. Sri Madhavdev spent last years of his life at Bhela Satra. He died in the year 1596 AD at the age of 107.