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Muktābāī

(1279—1297)


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(1279–1297)

A Marathi poet saint. According to the hagiographies, she was the sister of Jñāneśvara; like him and her two other brothers, she was devoted to Viṣṇu as Viṭhobā, and thus helped to initiate the Vārkarī tradition in Maharashtra. Only eighteen when she died, and unmarried, Muktābāī has subsequently been revered as a bhakti saint and the composer of some popular abhaṅgs (bhajans). Perhaps the best-known is ‘The Song of the Door’, addressed, coaxingly, to Jñāneśvara who had locked himself away out of disgust for the world.

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