Gorakshanatha is considered to have bestowed knowledge on Trimbakpant who was the great grandfather of Dnyaneshwar. Dnyaneshwar was a Marathi saint of the Nath tradition. He entered during a period of spiritual degeneration, superstitions, animal sacrifices and worship of many deities. He began writing the Bhagavad Geetha in Marathi called Dnyaneshwari and completed it at the young age of 15 such was his spiritual knowledge. This brought the Geetha to the common man who did not know the Sanskrit language but only the local language Marathi. He took samadhi at the tender age of 21.
He laid the foundation of the Bhakti movement and propagated the Varkari tradition where thousands went on foot in pilgrimage singing devotional songs and dancing to Pandharpur where the famous shrine of Lord Vithoba was installed. He advocated devotion guided by knowledge.