Namdev


Namdev

▪ Indian poet
born 1270?, Narasi, India
died 1350?, Pandharpur, Bahmani

      leading poet-saint of the Indian medieval period, who wrote in the Marathi language.

      Namdev was the son of a tailor and thus of low caste. As a youth, he was a member of a gang, but he was overcome with remorse one day on hearing the lamentations of a woman whose husband he had killed. Following a vision of the god Vishnu, Namdev turned to a life of devotion and became the foremost exponent of the Varkari Panth (the “Pilgrims' Path”). The school is known for its expression of bhakti (devotion) and for its freedom from caste restrictions in a religious setting.

      Namdev wrote a number of abhangas (hymns). He was extremely popular in Maharashtra and in the Punjab, some of his verses are included in the Adi Granth (Ādi Granth) (“First Volume”), the sacred scriptures of Sikhism. Namdev inspired a tradition of devotional poetry that continued in Maharashtra for four centuries, culminating in the works of the great devotional poet Tukaram (Tukārām).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • NAMDEV — N MDEV (1270? ? 1350) L’un des plus célèbres des «saints» (la secte des sant ) du Mah r shtra (région de Bombay) en raison de l’œuvre qu’il a laissée et des légendes pieuses concernant sa vie. On dit que N mdev était de basse caste (de la sous… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Namdev — Sant Namdeo (29 October, 1270 1350)(Marathi: संत नामदेव ) or Bhagat Namdeo (Gurmukhi: ਭਗਤ ਨਾਮਦੇਵ) was born on October 29, 1270 in the state of Maharashtra village of Narasi Bamani, in Hingoli district (presently called Narsi Namdev). His father,… …   Wikipedia

  • Namdev — indischer Name, Bedeutung: Dichter, Heiliger …   Deutsch namen

  • Changdev — is situated in Muktainagar Taluka (earlier known as Edailabad) of Jalgaon District in Maharashtra, India.His surname was Prabhune. It is situated at a distance of 5 km from National Highway no. 6 from Hartala Fata . The place is known after the… …   Wikipedia

  • Naseeb (1981 film) — Naseeb Directed by Manmohan Desai Produced by Manmohan Desai Written by Kader Khan Prayag Raj K.K. Shukla Starring …   Wikipedia

  • Vithoba — Hdeity infobox| Caption = Name = Vithoba Devanagari = विठोबा Sanskrit Transliteration = Viṭhobā Tamil script = Script name = Script = Affiliation = Form of Vishnu or Krishna God of = Abode = Pandharpur Mantra = Weapon = Consort = Rakhumai… …   Wikipedia

  • Vithoba — es un dios hindú venerado predominantemente en los estados de Maharastra, Karnataka, y Andhra Pradesh en la India …   Wikipedia Español

  • Muktabai — Born 1279 Alandi, Maharashtra, India Died 1297 Alandi Titles/honours Sant in Marathi, meaning Saint Philosophy Varkari Literary …   Wikipedia

  • Vithoba temple, Pandharpur — is the main centre of worship for the Hindu deity Vithoba, believed to be a local form of god Krishna or Vishnu and his consort Rakhumai. It is the most visited temple in Maharastra. The warkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of… …   Wikipedia

  • Chhimba — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Miss Pooja …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.