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Literary and hagiographical accounts accept that Cokhāmeḷā was born in the second half of the 13th century CE, probably around the time Jñāndev was born, and that he died in 1338 in Mangalwedha, a small town quite close to Pandharpur, Maharashtra (Ranade, 1961). The central features of Cokhāmeḷā’s identity as remembered through countless retellings are his untouchable…

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Rohini Mokashi-Punekar, “Cokhāmeḷā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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