A socio-religious reformer from Assam during the 15th and 16th centuries.
He laid the foundation of Ekasarana Dharma (Neo-Vaishavite movement), where he preached pure devotion to Krishna consisting primarily in the singing (Kirtan) and listening to (Sravan) of his deeds. Radha is not worshipped along with Krishna.
His teaching is often known as Bhagvati dharma because they were based on Bhagvad Gita and Bhagvata Purana.
He focused on absolute surrender to the supreme leader, Vishnu.
Kirtana Ghosh is Sankaradeva’s famous composition.
Madhavdeva, the disciple of Sankaradeva, took this sect forward.
Contributions of Sankaradeva:
Foundation of Sattra and Namghars: Sattras are institutional centres (monasteries for congregations). Namghars are prayer houses for congregational worship associated with Sattras.
Naam kirtan: Sankaradeva emphasised the need for recitation of names of the lord in sat sanga or congregations of pious devotees.
Founded Bhaona: These are plays with religious meaning prevalent in Assam. Also known as Ankiya Naat.
Founded Borgeet: They are collection of songs composed by Sankaradeva
Founded Brajavali: It was the language used by Sankaradeva for his compositions (Ankiya naat and Borgeet).