Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdev, the chief disciple of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev was one of the great Vaisnavite saints of Assam ,who left undeniable mark in the social life of Assam through his philosophy of Vaisnaism and excellent literary works.
Madhabdev was born in 1489 at Letekupukhuri, Narayanpur, situated at the western part of Lakhimpur District of Assam. His parents Govind Giri Bhuyan and Manorama spent a life of adversity before the birth of Madhabdev. Gobind Giri was a descendent of Hari Bhuyan who accompanied Candivara Bhuyanin the 14th century as a part of exchange between Dharmanarayana of Gauda and Durlavnarayan of Kamrupa. According to Katha Gurucharit, “the father and other ancestors of Madhadev were Krishna Bhuyan, Brishnu, Gopal, Kripal, Janardan, Sri ram and Mukunda’’ Gobinda Giri served as Majinder at Banduk and established his family there. He was known as Dighal puria Giri, RamkanaiGiri, Borkona Giri etc.But due to the death of his wife, Anusita, he shifted to Bardowa of Nowgaon District with his son Damudar and met with Srimanta Sankardev. In due course he married his second wife Manorama, cousin of Sankardev, of Bar-Bhuyan Clan. But during the warfare between Bar Bhuyans and Kacharis, he became homeless and wandered in the upper part of Brahaputra valley and out of fear took shelter near Harisingia Bora, an official of Ahom Kingdom where Madhabdev was born in 1489.regarding exact date of his birth, many scholar mentioned different date. Harisingia Bora arranged for Madhadev’s early education at Narayanpur as his parents were still lead a life of misery and poverty. Later on Madhabdev along with his parents settled permanently at Letekuphukhuri under the guidance of Harisingia Bora .His education continued in Banduka under Rajendra Adhyapak after the family shifted to their original place. Being a meritious student, Madhabdev studied Purans, Tantras, Tarka Sastras and other Sakta literature. While he was with Rajendra Adhyapak, his father passed away. After completing his education, Madhabdev was got engaged to a girl of Negheriting ,his ring ceremony was solemnized. Till this period of his youthful days, Madhabdev was a stern believer of Gods and Goddess who practiced his wisdom of Vedas and Upanishads to achieve success in life.
When Madhabdev was full of vigour, indomitable courage and extra ordinary oratory capability at the youthful age of 32, he met Sankardev at Dhuwahaat Beleguri Satra. Both are scholars in their respective religious doctrines and so argued a thought provoking debate on the issue of the superiority of the cult of Bhakti and Sakti. After a long four and half hour, however, Madhabdev bowed down to Sankardev and acknowledged the power of Lord Krishna as omnificent when Sankardev uttered a sloka from the Bhawagata :