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Ramai Pandit is a medieval Bengali poet whose accurate date of his birth is not known, but it is alleged or assumed that he lived in the 11th century AD, as he is a contemporary to Mayur Bhatt, the court-poet of King Lausen. He is famous as the author of Shunya Purana, the scripture of Dharma Puja Bidhan, written in the 11th century AD.
He advocated the adulation and veneration of God, whom he called Dharma and Shunya. His son, Dharmadas however converted a king of Kalinga
into the sect of Dharmathakur. "Shunya" mean void and Ramai Pandit, like many other Hindu philosophers in Bengal and Orissa
in the time period advocated worshipping God as void and formless. Mahima Swami of the Mahima sect is another example of a Hindu philosopher popularizing worshiping God as formless (Alekh.) Though Ramai Pandi was a devotee of Dharmathakur, in his Dharma Puja Bidhan he praises several other deities. He writes of Jagganath as Vishnu.
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