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Hinduism - Who Was Mirabai?


(early sixteenth century?) A poet-saint who was a devotee of the deity Krishna (bhakta).

Mirabai's songs are among the most well-known religious (bhakti) poetry, despite the fact that nothing is known about her.

Mirabai was born into a royal family in a tiny kingdom in Rajasthan, according to legend.

She had been committed to Krishna since she was a little child.

Despite the fact that her parents had planned for her to marry the scion of another monarch, she regarded Krishna to be her actual spouse.

Her liberation occurred with the death of her husband, after which she was permitted to leave her marital house after extensive battle with her in-laws—during which they allegedly tried to poison her.

She spent her final years traveling areas linked with Krishna and socializing with other devotees in "excellent company" (satsang).

She traveled to Dwaraka, the city where Krishna is claimed to have reigned, and was absorbed into Krishna's image in his temple there.

Mirabai's poetry is characterized by her love for Krishna.

She often refers to herself as his wife or as his awaiting lover, expressing her desire for physical and metaphysical connection with him.

Her poetry is a deeply personal expression of her religious fervor, and the power of her yearning has made her a religious symbol.

Mirabai's poetry raises perplexing authorship questions for scholars, as the earliest manuscripts are several hundred years older than when she is supposed to have lived, but for ordinary people, Mirabai's songs are still popular today.

She has also appeared in at least ten feature films, demonstrating the power of devotion even in today's world.

See A. J. Alston's The Devotional Poems of Mirabai, 1980, and John Stratton Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer's Songs of the Saints of India, 1988, for more information.

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