Meera Bai, also known as Mirabai, was a 16th-century Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. She was born into a Rajput royal family in Kudki, Pali district, Rajasthan. Meera unwillingly married Bhoj Raj, the crown prince of Mewar, in 1516.
About Meera in brief
Meera, also known as Mirabai, was a 16th-century Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. She was born into a Rajput royal family in Kudki, Pali district, Rajasthan. Meera unwillingly married Bhoj Raj, the crown prince of Mewar, in 1516. Her husband was wounded in one of the ongoing wars with the Delhi Sultanate in 1518, and he died of battle wounds in 1521. According to a popular legend, her in-laws tried many times to assassinate her, such as sending Meera a glass of poison and telling her it was nectar. Some stories state that Guru Ravidas was her guru, but there is no corroborating historical evidence for this. A number of compositions by Meera Bai continue to be sung in India in India today. While thousands of verses are attributed to her, scholars are divided in their opinion as to how many of them were actually penned by Meerabai. The three different oldest records known as of 2014 that mention Meera, all from the 17th century and written within 150 years of Meera’s death, neither mention anything about her childhood or circumstances of her marriage to BhoJraj, nor do they mention that the people who persecuted her were her inlaws or from some RajPUT royal family.
The earliest written records suggest that except for two hymns, most were written down only in the 18th century. Many poems attributed to Meera were likely composed later by others who admired Meera. The poems are commonly known as bhajans, and are popular across India. Hindu temples, like in Chittorgarh fort, are dedicated to Mira Bai’s memory. She is a celebrated Bhakti saint, particularly in the North Indian Hindu tradition. In her last years, Meera lived in Dwarka or Vrindavan, where legends state that she miraculously disappeared into an idol of Krishna in 1547.