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Hinduism - Who Was Chitswami?


 (late 16th c. C.E.) One of the ashtachap, a group of eight bhakti (devotional) poets from northern India. 

The Pushti Marg, a religious group whose members are Krishna devotees (bhakta), utilized the works of these eight poets for liturgical reasons. 

All eight are also mentioned as members of the community and companions of either the community's founder, Vallabhacharya, or his successor, Vitthalnath, in the Pushti Marg's sectarian literature. 

Chitswami has long been connected with Vitthalnath, as shown by his poetry composed in his honor. 

Apart from overtly sectarian works, Chitswami composed poetry in honor of Krishna that is more complex and utilizes more Sanskrit than his contemporaries. 

His writings have not been translated to date, perhaps due to a tiny sect's interest in them. 


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