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Acharyas who have brought forward Bhakti Marg

Beginning from 10th century A.D. to 17th century - a span of 800 years - the whole of Bahrat has seen a great insurgence of Bhakti. Of those able Acharas who had contributed to the propogation of Bhakti. Sri Ramanujacharya was the first. He has established a tradition of Vaishnavism and encouraged vishnu Bhakti. Following suit of this great Acharya, Sri Madhavacharya and Sri Nimbarkacharya have carried the banner for Vishnu Bhakti andKrishna Bhakti through their traditions of "Madhava Sampradaya" and "Nimbarka Sampradaya". These cults were carried on in South India and North India around 15th century of Christian Era, Jagad Guru Sri Vallabhacharya has established his "Pusti Marga" and through his special kind of Bhakti called "Yasodatsanga Lalita Sri Krishnas Prema Lakshana Bhakti" and gave a great spurt to its propaganda throughout Bharat. During the same period Sri Krishna Chaitanya also has advanced "Nama SanKirtan Bhakti" through Bangal and North India. Later on, in 18th century, one Sri Sahajananda Swami has propagated on Sampradaya (cult) called "Swami Narayana" sampradaya and advocated the Bhaktas of Sri Narayana.

In this way we observe the growth of Bhakti cult started in around 10th century A.D. and is being propagated right through the present century. It is gaining hold everyday. A great filling is added by the compositions of Bhakti poets who have kept the torch burning through centuries.

Jagad Guru Sri Vallabhacharya has composed many works explaining the intricacies of Bhakti and its systems. In his commentary on Sri Bhagavata viz., Sri Subodhini, he had explained the concept of Bhakti in a beautiful way. In this work he has pointed out what is "Prema Lakshana Bhakti" and how it has to be practiced. Even in his "Shodashgrantha" he has in many places, mentioned about this special kind of Bhakti which he named as "Prema Lakshana". HIS descendents had tried to simplify this doctrine by composing books on the subject in works like : "Bhakti Hausa:" ,"Bhakti Hetu" and " Bhakti Ratna". There are many more books on this doctrine. Sri Dayarambhai has composed a long poem called "Bhakti Poshana" to explain the form of Bhakti.