Archive for category Rajasthan
Mirabai’s devotional songs about Krishna are very popular across all parts of India. Mira is to the Hindi speaking world, what Andal and Lalleshwari are to the Tamil and Kashmiri worlds respectively. This post traces Mira’s journey from being born as a Rajput princess in Rajasthan to being transformed into a mystical poetess saint, and a gopi (female devotee) of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.
Mira was born to the Rajput Raja Ratan Singh of Rajasthan. When Mira was about 3 years old, Sant Ravidas gifted Ratan Singh with a beautiful statue of Lord Krishna, with his flute. Ever since Mira set eyes on the statue, she was extremely attracted to Lord Krishna, and she played with the statue all the time. Slowly, with her mother’s teachings, Mira learnt about the greatness of Lord Krishna and became devoted to him. Read the rest of this entry »
The protagonist of this post is not a human being, but an animal, which epitomized loyalty and attained immortality through the songs of several poets – Chetak. When the word Chetak is heard, the only objects that come to many minds are the Bajaj Chetak scooter, or for more well read people, the Chetak Helicopter built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. But the name Chetak was given to the above because it stood for the epitome of loyalty: the unforgettable horse Chetak.