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Namdev, Nam Dev, or Saint Namdev (1270-1350) born to a low-caste tailor named Damasheti and his wife, Gonabi in the village of Naras-Vamani, in the district of Maharashtra, India. Maharashtra (महाराष्ट्र in Devanagari) is Indias third largest state in terms of area and second largest in terms of population after Uttar Pradesh. ...

Namdev was married before he was eleven years old and had four sons and one daughter. Namdev was converted to the path of bhakti under the saint Jnanadeva. In the company of Jnanadeva and other saints, he roamed about the country reciting his poems and compositions and later came to the Punjab where he is said to have lived for more than twenty years at Ghuman, in Gurdaspur district, where a samadhi still preserves his memory. Bhakti is a Tamil or Sanskrit term from Hinduism that means intense devotion expressed by action (service). ... Gurdaspur is a city in the state of Punjab, situated in the northwest part of India. ... Samadhi is a term used in Hindu and Buddhist yogic meditation. ...

Nadev's abhangas or devotional lyrics became very popular and have been collected in Namdevachi Gatha which also includes the long autobiographical poem Tirathavah. His Hindi verse and his freqeunt and extended visits to the Punjab carried his fame far beyond the borders of Maharashtra. Sixty-one of his hymns are includedin the Guru Granth Sahib. Punjab, 1903 Punjab Province, 1909 The Punjab (meaning: Land of five Rivers; also Panjab, Gurmukhi: ਪੰਜਾਬ, Shahmukhi: پنجاب) is a region straddling the border between India and Pakistan. ... Illuminated Adi Granth folio with nisan (Mool Mantar) of Guru Gobind Singh. ...

Apearing a century earlier than Kabir, Namdev's religious and social views are very much like those of Kabir, and rejected traditional forms of Vaisnava doctrines. He did not initatiate any religios institution or movement and is perceived as a solitary Sant in search for God. Kabir (कबीर) (1440 - 1518)(better known as Kabira) was an Indian Mystic who preached an ideal of seeing all of humanity as one. ...

See also

Sikh Bhagats refers to the Saints and holy men of various faiths whose teachings are included in the Sikh holy book the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. ...


  • Singh, Daljeet & Singh, Kharak (Eds.) Sikhism, its philosophy and History, Chandigarh: Institute of Sikh Studies, 1997.
  • Singhj, Daljeet , The Sikh Ideology (2000) ISBN 8172052367



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