sect, also known as Jai
in North India due to Punjabi influence,
was started by Chakradhar
in 1267. Chakradhar
propagated a religious movement as well as social
movement, in which all were accepted irrespective of their castes
and the traditional ritualistic religion was
rejected. He told his disciples that the lord takes avatars
in all four yugas
was said by lord Krishna
in Bhagavad Gita
- dharma sansthaapnaarthay
sambhavaami yuge yuge
) There isn't a time in this world when
an avatar's absent. But he told of only five of the innumerable
avatars namely Krishna, Dattatreya
, and Chakrdhar Swami (himself).
Even knowing of one avatar, and walking on the path lightened by
him can lead to the ultimate bliss(moksha). There were only five,
because these avatars fell in the guru parampara
. Lord Sri Govindaprabhu
was the guru of Lord Sri Chakradhar Swami. Lord Sri Chakrapani was
the guru of Lord Sri Govindaprabhu. Lord Sri Dattatreya Prabhu was
the guru of Lord Sri Chakrapani. Lord Sri Dattatreya Prabhu and
Lord Sri Krishna are not said to have another avatar as guru.
His biography leela
, written by his disciples is one of the first
known books or documents in Marathi
. A detailed study was done by vice
chancellor of Pune University
This scripture is said to contain all the secrets of the universe.
'Mahdaaisa, one of the sect's initial women disciples, is
believed to be the first
Incidentally, the Marathi word "maan_bhaavi"
derived from "mahanubhavi" is one of the cultural residues that
record the existence of the sect.
After giving His precious teachings, Chakradhar Swami went in the
North direction in search of adhikaari purush
, the men who deserved
to see the lord.
Swami accepted Maharashtra as His karmabhoomi as this place had
adhikaari purush that time.
Hence Maharashtra has
many teertha sthaan (holy places) of Mahanubhav Pantha.Though
Mahanubhav sect believers should not believe in caste most of these
people still maintain their caste identity and follow endogamy.
They used to greet one another by saying Dandawat".