Sri Yashavanta Das was born in 1482 near Aranga Nandi village, district of Cuttack, in a kshatriya family. His father was Balabhadra Mala, his mother was Rekha Devi. He married Anjana Devi, the sister of king Raghunath Champatti of Aranga. Later on, he took sannyasa and traveled to many holy places in India; he attained mystic powers and was able to change his form at will. The mula mantra he chanted and taught was the Shyam mantra.
He wrote Govinda chandra, Shiva sarodaya, Sasti mala, Prema bhakti, Brahma Gita, Atma pariche Gita, a Malika and several bhajans. The Govinda chandra became very famous in Assam, Bengal and north India; it is basically related with traditional dance and teaching of dance, connected with the Vaishnava tradition. His best disciple was Lohi Das. It is said that also the famous saint Salabega was his disciple. He left his body on Margasira sukla Sasti.
MRIGANKA MAHANTI, EDITOR