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Hinduism - Who Was Mahipati?

 

Mahipati (1715–1790) was a Hindu ruler who lived from 1715 to 1790.

Mahipati was a writer and hagiographer of devotional (bhakti) poet-saints, particularly those associated with the Varkari Panth, to which he also belonged.

The Varkari Panth is a religious organization dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Vithoba, whose temple is located in Pandharpur, Maharashtra.

Mahipati was a government worker in his hometown, according to legend.

He was called to work one day after failing to do his regular worship.

Mahipati completed the task at hand, but then quit, promising to only employ his writing in the service of the saints.

Mahipati readily confessed that he drew a lot of his information about the saints from older writings, notably the Bhaktamal by poet saint Nabhadas.

He depicts each of his themes as a paradigm of devotion, much as Nabhadas did; the tales reaffirm and confirm the ability of dedication to conquer all difficulties.

The Bhaktavijaya and the Bhaktililamrta are his main writings; sections of the former have been translated by Justin E. Abbott as The Life of Eknath, 1981, and The Life of Tukaram, 1980; while the latter has been translated by Justin E. Abbott as Stories of Indian Saints, 1982.


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Hinduism - What Is A Bhaktamal?



Bhaktamal. (“Garland of Devotees”) 


Nabhadas (about 1600) wrote a text in which he provides brief (six-line) biographies of over two hundred bhakti (devotional) personalities. 


Despite the fact that Nabhadas was a Ramanandi, and therefore a devotee (bhakta) of the deity Rama, his work is often regarded as impartial and inclusive to devotees of all sectarian persuasions. 


  • Surprising and miraculous occurrences are absent from the book. 
  • Instead, the devotee's personal characteristics, which serve as an example for others, are emphasized. 
  • The Bhaktamal is an incredibly significant source for northern Indian literary and religious history since it often provides the first credible description of these people. 
  • It's even more intriguing since internal evidence indicates it was finished in the early seventeenth century.


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