Sandipani -- Guru of The Supreme Lord Krishna
Sandipani Muni was a highly respected sage who lived in the city of Avanti (present-day Ujjain) during the time of Lord Krishna's incarnation on Earth.
Sandipani Muni was the spiritual master of both Sri Krishna and Balarama, and they both received their education from him.
Sandipani Muni's son, Madhumangala, was a close friend of Sri Krishna during his childhood.
Sandipani Muni taught Sri Krishna and Balarama a variety of subjects, including the Vedas, Upanishads, and the art of archery.
Sandipani Muni's teachings emphasized the importance of self-control, discipline, and devotion to God.
As a guru, Sandipani Muni was highly respected and his blessings were sought after by many.
After completing their studies with Sandipani Muni, Sri Krishna and Balarama offered him guru-dakshina, a traditional offering of gratitude to one's spiritual master. Sandipani Muni asked them to bring back his son, who had been lost at sea, and Sri Krishna and Balarama did so.
The relationship between Sandipani Muni and Sri Krishna was one of deep respect and affection, and Sri Krishna considered him to be one of his most important teachers.
According to the Bhagavata Purana, Sandipani Muni had a beautiful wife named Gautami, who was a loving and devoted wife to him.
When Sri Krishna and Balarama completed their studies with Sandipani Muni, they offered him a boon. Sandipani Muni asked them to bring his son back, but they also asked for something in return. Sandipani Muni then asked them to rescue his other 64 disciples who had been captured by a demon named Paundra. Sri Krishna and Balarama successfully defeated the demon and freed the disciples.
Sandipani Muni's teachings emphasized the importance of devotion to God and the power of spiritual knowledge to liberate one from the cycle of birth and death.
After Sri Krishna and Balarama completed their studies with Sandipani Muni, they returned to Mathura, where they were greeted by their parents and other members of their community. Sandipani Muni was also invited to Mathura, where he was honored by Sri Krishna and Balarama, as well as by their parents and other elders.
According to some traditions, Sandipani Muni later retired to a secluded forest to practice austerities and spiritual disciplines, and ultimately attained liberation from the cycle of birth and death.