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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• A Dalit Poet-saint

• A Dalit Poet-saint


(p.199) 13 • A Dalit Poet-saint
The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter describes the Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha of Woodside, Queens. The guru venerated in the title is one of the most important religious voices to have emerged from the “bottom” of Indian caste society, and is a sixteenth-century bhakti poet-saint whose memory is alive across North India and beyond. The chapter describes the religious institutions that Ravidasis have established in their guru's name during the past several decades in Banaras, the city where he lived. For centuries, certain bhakti hagiographies have tried to show how Ravidas belonged to the Hindu domain, though others have rejected the notion.

Keywords:   Ravidas Sabha, Indian caste society, bhakti poet-saint, Ravidasis, Banaras

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