Balaram Das was a reputed saint and poet of Orissa, in the 16th century. He was one of the ‘Panchasakhas’, five companions of
Balaram Das is renowned for his own version of the Ramayana, called ‘Dandi Ramayana’ written in
Oriya which is more popular by the name ‘Jagamohan Ramayana.’
He also wrote many books on religion and Yoga. Noted among them are Guptagita, Amarkosh Gita, Vendantasara Guptagita, Bata Abakasa, Bramhanda, Bhugola, Saptanga Yogasara Tika, Bhabasamudra and Lakshmi Purana.