Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

Get access

(6,336 words)

Ravidās, who is also known as Raidās in Hindi and Rohidās in Marathi, is remembered in India as the greatest poet-saint of the bhakti tradition from an untouchable community. He was a younger contemporary of Kabīr, but the precise dates of Kabīr’s and Ravidās’s lives are not known, although contemporary scholarship suggests that Ravidās probably lived from around 1500 to 1550 CE (Callewaert & Friedl…

Cite this page
Friedlander, Peter, “Ravidās/Raidās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲