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Raidās (Hind.) or Ravidās (Punj.) belongs to a now immortalized group of poet-saints in Hinduism’s devotional ( bhakti ) stream that flowered in northern India from the 14th to 16th century. He was contemporaneous with Kabīr, the most well known of the North Indian figures in this tradition. Ravidās’ earliest surviving poems are enshrined in Sikhism’s most sacred text, the Gurū Granth Sāhib or Ādigranth, in t…

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Joseph Schaller, “Ravidāsīs”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000060>
First published online: 2012

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