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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 Bhaktililamrta?

 


(“Nectar of the Play of Devotion”) Bhaktililamrta. 



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


  • Mahipati was a member of the Varkari Panth, a religious order dedicated to the worship of the deity Vithoba in his Pandharpur temple. 
  • Eknath, Tukaram, Ramdas, and Bhanudas are among the Varkari saints profiled in the Bhaktililamrta. 



Each of these saints is presented as a model of devotion in the text, which emphasizes the ability of worship to transcend all difficulties. 


  • The Bhaktavijaya, his other significant work, is likewise marked by this subject. 



Justin E. Abbott translated parts of the Bhaktililamrta in The Life of Eknath (1981) and The Life of Tukaram (1980).



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