He is especially revered in Gujarati literature , where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi Sanskrit for "first among poets". He lost his parents when he was 5 years old. He could not speak until the age of 8. He was raised by his grandmother Jaygauri.
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He is especially revered in Gujarati literature , where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi Sanskrit for "first among poets". He lost his parents when he was 5 years old. He could not speak until the age of 8. He was raised by his grandmother Jaygauri. He married Manekbai probably in the year However, his cousin's wife Sister-in-law or bhabhi did not welcome Narsinh very well.
She was an ill-tempered woman, always taunting and insulting Narsinh Mehta for his worship Bhakti. One day, when Narasinh mehta had enough of these taunts and insults, he left the house and went to a nearby forest in search of some peace, where he fasted and meditated for seven days by a secluded Shiva lingam until Shiva appeared before him in person.
A legend has it that the poet, transfixed by the spectacle, burnt his hand with the torch he was holding, but he was so engrossed in the ecstatic vision that he was oblivious to the pain. Mehta, as the popular account goes, at Krishna's command, decided to sing His praises and the nectarous experience of the rasa in this mortal world.
He resolved to compose around 22, kirtans or compositions. After this dream-like experience, the transformed Mehta returned to his village, touched his sister-in-law's feet, and thanked her for insulting him.
In Junagadh , Mehta lived in poverty with his wife and two children, a son named Shamaldas, and a daughter for whom he had special affection, Kunwarbai. It also seems that he must have fallen into a somewhat ill repute for his close relations with Lord's sakhis and gopis , Narsinh mehta's women followers, with whom he danced and sang.
The Nagars of Junagadh despised him and spared no opportunity to scorn and insult him. By this time, Mehta had already sung about the rasaleela of Radha and Krishna. The compositions are collected under the category of shringar compositions. They are full of intense lyricism, bold in their erotic conception and are not without allegorical dimensions, this saves the compositions from being something of erotic court poetry of medieval India.
Soon after his daughter, Kunwarbai's marriage around to Shrirang Mehta of Una 's son, Kunwarbai became pregnant and it was a custom for the girl's parents to give gifts and presents to all the in-laws during the seventh month of pregnancy. This custom, known as Mameru , was simply out of the reach of poor Narsinh who had hardly anything except intransigent faith in his Lord.
This episode is preserved vividly in the memory of Gujarati people by compositions by later poets and films. The episode in which none other than Shamalsha Seth cleared a bond written by poverty-stricken beloved, is famous not only in Gujarat but in other parts of India as well.
The Har Mala episode deals with the challenge given to Mehta by Ra Mandlik — , a Chudasama king, to prove his innocence in the charges of immoral behavior by making the Lord Himself garland Narsinh. Mehta depicts this episode.
He went to Mangrol where, at the age of 79, he is believed to have died. He will be remembered for his poetic works and devotion to Lord Krishna. He is known as the first poet of Gujarati. Mehta is a pioneer poet of Gujarati literature. He is known for his literary forms called "pada verse ", "Aakhyan" and "Prabhatiya". They have been largely preserved orally. The oldest available manuscript of his work is dated around , and was found by the noted scholar K.
Shastri from Gujarat Vidhya Sabha. Because of the immense popularity of his works, their language has undergone modifications with changing times. Mehta wrote many bhajans and Aartis for lord Krishna, and they are published in many books.
The biography of Mehta is also available at Geeta Press. See: Vaishnav jan to , his popular composition. Narsinh Mehta. Poems by this Poet Filter poems by keywords.
Narsinh Mehta , also known as Narsi Mehta or Narsi Bhagat , was a 15th-century poet- saint of Gujarat , India , notable as a bhakta , an exponent of Vaishnava poetry. He is especially revered in Gujarati literature , where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi Sanskrit for "first among poets". His father held an administrative post in a royal court. He lost his parents when he was five years old. He could not speak until the age of eight. He was raised by his grandmother Jaygauri.
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