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Hinduism - Who Was Nabhadas?

 

 



Nabhadas (c. 1600) was the author of Bhaktamal ("Garland of Devotees") .

He presents brief (six line) narratives of the lives of almost two hundred current bhakti (devotional) individuals in this hagiographical work, some from firsthand experience.

Despite the fact that Nabhadas identifies as a Ramanandi—a devotee (bhakta) of the deity Rama—his art is inclusive of devotees of all sectarian persuasions.

The poem is notable for its lack of supernatural happenings, and Nabhadas stresses the devotee's personal traits in order to serve as a role model for others.

The Bhaktamal is an important source for northern Indian literary and religious history since it provides the first accurate description of these personalities in many instances.

Despite its significance, the manuscript is difficult to date definitively, while internal evidence indicates it was finished in the early seventeenth century.


~Kiran Atma


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