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Tulsīdās is one of the most revered saint-poets of the North Indian bhakti or devotional tradition, especially famed as the author of the Rāmcaritmānas, an epic-length retelling, in a premodern dialect of Hindi, of the Rāmāyaṇa, the ancient saga of Rāma and Sītā. A poet of extraordinary talent, versatility, and vision, he is celebrated as the author of roughly a dozen works, most of which are dedicated to Rāma, and which collectively advance a theology in which Rāma is a…

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Lutgendorf, Philip, “Tulsīdās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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