VAISHNAVISM


Popular in north India. They can be distinguished from other Bhakti saints as their teachings were not influenced by Islamic ideas

Chaitanya (1485-1534) of Bengal traveled throughout India and popularized Krishna cult.
Kirtan system'was given by Chaitanya only

Meerabai (1498-1546) of Rajasthan was the follower of Lord Krishna. She was married to
Rana Sanga's eldest son and heir-apparent Bhojraj. But Bhojraj died in the lifetime of his father
leaving Mira a widow in her youth. After the death of her husband, she devoted herself
completely to religious pursuits. She wrote some poetic stanzas on Lord Krishna.


 Surdas (1479-1584) of western UP wrote lyrical poems on Radha and Krishna. Wrote Sur-Sarawali, the Sahitya Lahari and the Sur-Sagar


Vallabhacharya (1479-1531), a Tailanga brahmana, advocated the worship of Krishna and dedication of everything to Him alone.

Tulsidas (1532-1623) was born in a brahmin family in Varanasi. On account of a taunt of his wife, he is said to have to the life of a religious hermit. Wrote Ram Charit Manas, Gitawali, Kavitawali, Vinay Patrika, etc. He also used Arabic and Persian words in his writings


Narsingh Mehta was a saint from Gujarat who wrote songs in Gujarati depicting the love of Radha-Krishna. He is the author of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan 'vishnava jan ko'

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