Narsinh Mehta

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Narsinh Mehta (Gujarati:નરસિંહ મહેતા)also known as Narsi Mehta or Narsi Bhagat (1414? &ndash; 1481?) was a poet-saint of Gujarat , India, and a member of the Nagar Brahmins community, notable as a bhakta, an exponent of Hindu devotional religious poetry. He is especially revered in Gujarati literature , where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi (Sanskrit for "first among poets"). His bhajan "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Re Kahiye..." is Mahatma Gandhi's favorite and has become synonymous to him.

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Narsinh Mehta was born in the ancient town of Jirndurg now known as Junagadh in the District of Saurashtra, in Nagar community. He lost his mother and his father when he was 5 years old.He couldnt speak till the age of 8 and after his parents expired his care was taken by his grand mother JayKauri. Narsinh married Manekbai probably in the year 1479 . Narsinh and his wife stayed at his brother Bansidhar’s place in Junagadh. However, his cousin's wife (Sister-in-law or bhabhi) did not welcome Narsinh very well. She was an ill-tempered woman, always taunting and insulting Narsinh for his worship (Bhakti). One day, when Narasinh had enough of this taunts and insults, he left the house and went to a nearby forest in search of some peace, where he fasted and meditated for seven days by a secluded Shiva lingam until Shiva appeared before him in person. On the poet’s request, the Lord took him to......
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