Balarama Das was a Vaishnava poet of Bengal.
Balarama Das is one of the prominent Vaishnava poets of Bengal, who belonged to the family of the Kavirajas, for example Govinda Das and Ram Chandra. He was one of the contributors of Vaishnava Padabali tradition during 16th century. According to the book ‘Bhaktiratnakara’ Balarama Das was a resident of the village Budhuri and his was honoured with the title of ‘Kavipati’ or the ‘prince of poets’. Balarama Das was a contemporary of Jnanadas and Govinda Das; he was present in the popular Vaishnava festivals, which took place at Srikhanda, Kheturi and Katwa during 1610 and 1625.
Interpretation of Balarama Das’s Song
In one of his songs, Balarama Das represented the priest of a temple as the lover of Krishna. The priest always remains mesmerized by the beauty of the God. He waved five lights before the idol of Krishna and burns incense and prepare floral wreaths for it. Balarama Das’s songs show that passionate devotion breaks the barriers between the finite and the infinite, and the soul ascends to heaven from earth.
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