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Narasiṃha Mehtā
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Narasiṃha Mehtā (also known as Narasinha Mehtā; c. 1414–1481 CE) is the most popular devotional poet of Gujarat in western India. He is known for his exquisite pads (lyrics) of bhakti (devotion) in Gujarati, the language of Gujarat. He is also widely honored in India as an ardent devotee of Kṛṣṇa and a saint with deep sympathies for the marginalized of his society.

Narasiṃha is a major figure among the Hindu poet-saints whose songs and sacred biographies in vernacular l…

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Shukla-Bhatt, Neelima, “Narasiṃha Mehtā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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