(c. 1548—1608)

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A Brahmin bhakti poet and saint (sant) in the Marāṭhā Vārkarī tradition, who, in a deliberate and locally controversial divergence from the Sanskritic norm, translated the Sanskrit Bhāgavata Purāṇa into Marathi and wrote a commentary on its 11th chapter. In addition, he composed numerous devotional and moralistic verses, as well as longer narrative poems and commentaries, including the first Marathi version of the Rāmāyaṇa. He was also the first to produce a scholarly edition of Jñāneśvar's Jñāneśvarī. There is a temple dedicated to him in his home town of Paithan, near Aurangabad (Aparānta).

Subjects: Hinduism.

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