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Mīrābāī (born c. 1500 CE), a royal Rājpūt woman and a devotee of Kṛṣṇa, is one of the most well-loved saints of devotional Hinduism ( bhakti ). The story of her life has captured people’s imagination across class, caste, language, religion, culture, geography, and time. At once the tale of a religious exemplar, an impassioned romance, and a heroic saga of struggle and triumph against adversity, her life has been retold and performed in multiple genres. The devotional songs (bhajans) that she …

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Nancy M. Martin, “Mīrābāī”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000116>
First published online: 2012

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