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Rang Avadhoot

(1898 – 1968) – (Gujarart)

Rang Avadhoot (Aged 70), a mystic saint-poet (Sadguru) and social worker, was born on 21 November 1898 in Pandurang Vitthalapant Valame. He belonged to the Datta-panth (Gurucharita tradition of Dattatreya) of Hinduism and is credited with expanding its presence in Gujarat, India. He authored more than 45 works primarily focused on spirituality and devotion.

From childhood, Rang Avadhoot had a strong inclination towards religion. He received his schooling in Godhra, matriculated in 1917 from Telang Highschool in Godhra, and studied for one year at Gujarat College in Ahmedabad before moving to Baroda College in Baroda. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, he abandoned his studies to participate in the non-cooperation movement in 1920. He completed his studies at Gujarat Vidyapith, where he graduated with the first batch of students in 1921. During this time, he became friends with Amritlal Modi and Ambalal Vyas and participated in the independence movement in Panchmahal.

Rang Avadhoot briefly worked with Swami Anand at the Navjivan trust before becoming a Sanskrit teacher at Rashtriya Adarsh Vinaymandir School in Ahmedabad in 1921. In 1922, he decided to never marry and became involved in social work and politics. Eventually, his spiritual inclination led him to renounce his job and accept asceticism. After his younger brother’s death, his mother moved to Nareshwar, where she lived until her death in 1967. A hospital was later built in Nareshwar. Rang Avadhoot was fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, English, and Sanskrit. Under the pen name Ganjeri, he wrote columns on contemporary issues in daily newspapers. Between 1918 and 1925, he wrote and translated several works. His followers consider him an incarnation of Dattatrey.He passed away by 19 November 1968.