Meerabai is a known poetess and a Rajput princess of Rajasthan. She was born in the Nagaud District in 1498. She was married to Prince Bhoj Raj, who was the eldest son of Rana Sanga the King of Chittor. Meerabai had deep faith and love to Shri Krishna and hence she is considered as the leading saint for Vaishnav Movement. She wrote almost 1300 poems which are known as ‘Padas’.
She was in deep love with Krishna and believed her as the wife of Krishna only. She went to Vrindavan and Mathura in search of Krishna and his blessings, but was all in vain and finally she reached Dwarka in Gujarat which is believed as the home to Shri Krishna. It is said that she left the world here only and suddenly disappeared into the temple.
The legendary poetess known for devotion to Krishna
It is said that she was born on Sharad Purnima and therefore on the day of Sharad Purnima, Meerabai Jayanti is celebrated. It has a huge significance among the followers of Vaishnav sect. The Vaishnav sect followers celebrate this festival as a mark of love of Meerabai to Shri Krishna and sing the ‘Padas’ created by Meerabai.
As she was a princess and later a queen had to pass through a lot of troubles because of her passionate love to Shri Krishna and because of her love and devotion only she is remembered in the Indian History as an immortal lover to the god. It is said that to save the royal image among society the king had given poison to Meerabai, which she drank, but due to the true love to Lord Shri Krishna she was not affected by the poison also. Meerabai is also believed as a follower of Guru Ravidas who was also known for his devotion to Krishna.