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By common consent, the poet regarded as the epitome of literary artistry in Brajbhasha is Sūrdās. His name means literally “Servant (dās) of the Sun (sūr),” but in Braj, the region south of Delhi from which this language takes its name, Sūrdās is seen as the sun itself. Indeed, his name is often shortened to Sūr. Some literary critics have favored rivals ass…

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Hawley, John Stratton, “Sūrdās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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