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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 Bhaktavijaya?



(“Triumph of [God's] Devotees”) Bhaktavijaya. 


Mahipati, an eighteenth-century writer and hagiographer of devotional (bhakti) poet-saints, penned the text. 


  • The saints associated with the Varkari Panth, a religious organization focused on the worship of the deity Vithoba at his temple in Pandharpur, are the subject of the Bhaktavijaya's tales. 
  • Because Mahipati was a Varkari himself, this emphasis is natural. 
  • He also incorporated stories of other famous devotees (bhakta), most notably Kabir, Namdev, Jnaneshvar, and Narsi Mehta, in line with the devotional movement's tendency toward unity. 



The Bhaktavijaya's tales portray each of these saints as a model of devotion, emphasizing the ability of piety to transcend any difficulties. 


  • The Bhaktililamrta, Mahipati's other significant work, is likewise based on this subject. 



Justin E. Abbott and Narhar R. Godbole translated the Bhaktavijaya as Stories of Indian Saints in 1988.


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