Poets, writers and musicians During Bhakti Movement

Sep 3, 2021 - 23:37

The Bhakti movement witnessed a surge in Hindu literature in regional languages, particularly in the form of devotional poems and music.

This literature includes the

  1. writings of the Alvars and Nayanars, poems of Andal,
  2. Basava,
  3. Bhagat Pipa,
  4. Allama Prabhu,
  5. Akka Mahadevi,
  6. Kabir,
  7. Nanak (founder of Sikhism),
  8. Tulsidas,
  9. Nabha Dass,
  10. Gusainji, Ghananand,
  11. Ramananda (founder of Ramanandi Sampradaya),
  12. Ravidass,
  13. Sripadaraja,
  14. Vyasatirtha,
  15. Purandara Dasa,
  16. Kanakadasa,
  17. Vijaya Dasa,
  18. Six Goswamis of Vrindavan,
  19. Raskhan,
  20. Ravidas,
  21. Jayadeva Goswami,
  22. Namdev,
  23. Eknath, Tukaram, Mirabai,
  24. Ramprasad Sen,
  25. Sankardev, Vallabha Acharya,
  26. Narsinh Mehta
  27. Gangasati
  28. and the teachings of saints like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

The earliest writers from the 7th to 10th century CE known to have influenced the poet-saints driven movements include,

  1. Sambandar,
  2. Tirunavukkarasar,
  3. Sundarar,
  4. Nammalvar,
  5. Adi Shankara,
  6. Manikkavacakar and Nathamuni.

Several 11th and 12th-century writers developed different philosophies within the Vedanta school of Hinduism, which were influential to the Bhakti tradition in medieval India. These include Ramanuja, Madhva, Vallabha and Nimbarka. These writers championed a spectrum of philosophical positions ranging from theistic dualism, qualified nondualism and absolute monism.


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