Meera Bai - A Great Saint

Meera Bai – A Great Saint

Meera Bai is one of the greatest saints of India. There are no full proof sources to her story because her story is based on oral story telling. She was born about 1500 to king Rattan Singh of Nagaur district in Rajasthan. She was the grand daughter of Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur city. From her childhood she had an inclination towards Krishna. She had a doll of Krishna which she always kept with herself.
She used to think that she was married with Krishna. But socially she was married at the age of 13 to Bhoj Raj, the eldest son of Rana Sangha of Chittor. All the time she was involved in the worship of her beloved (krishna), so she could not fulfill her worldly responsibilities in her in-laws house.
Destiny was cruel towards her as her husband died when she was in her twenties. In earlier India it was believed that whose husband was gone all the colours and happiness were gone from her life. So she was forced to commit satti. Satti is the self immolation upon the husband's pyre. With the passage of time Meera's devotion to Krishna grew more and more. It is said that when she used to sing her bhajan, she did not bother about anyone or anything. She even used to dance in the streets of Rajasthan. But the royal family did not approve all this.
Rana decided to kill her and sent her a basketful of flowers with a very poisonous snake inside. Meera absorbed in worship, put her hand into the basket to take flowers but the snake turned to a stone. Rana tried again. He sent him a cup of poison but, by god's grace, the poison turned into nectar. Rana said to Meera,' you are bringing so much disgrace to our family so you should drown yourself into the river'. Meera agreed to it and was about to sink herself but at the nick of the time, a voice addressed her saying ‘it is a great sin to kill herself…..go to brindavan".
Meerabai went to Brindavan. Afterwards she went to Dwarka and spent the rest of her life there. She is believed to merge into krishna's idol in a temple of Dwarka in 1550.


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