As he worshiped Shiva after leaving home, it can be said that his family tradition was Shaivism. By this time, Mehta had already sung about the rasaleela of Radha and Krishna. It works seem influenced by Marathi poets like Namdev. He married Manekbai probably in the year It must have been near Junagadh because mention of forest. The Nagars of Junagadh despised him and spared no opportunity to scorn and insult him [ citation needed ]. Narsinh must have known Geet Govind , Vedant etc. Mehta is a pioneer poet of Gujarati literature.

Names of his parents or brother is not mentioned either. He is known as the first poet of Gujarati Adi Kavi. Purushottam is mentioned as his grandfather. This article needs additional citations for verification. The specific problem is: The mention of Junagadh king Mandalika is considered to establish his date.

He resolved to compose around 22, kirtans or compositions.

Narsinh Mehta

One poem on the event of garland even mentions Samvat as the date of event but the authenticity is not established. Narsaiyyo pedigrees are recorded later but they differ from each other. Mehta depicts this episode. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The crematorium at Mangrol is called ‘Narsinh Narssiyo Samshan’ where one of the sons of Gujarat and more importantly a great Vaishnav was cremated.

While several saint-poets are not involved in household, Narsinh was involved in household even after his commitment to devotion.

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Late 15th century MangrolSaurashtraGujarat Sultanate. Mehta wrote many bhajans and Aartis for lord Krishna, and they are published narsaito many books.

The oldest available manuscript of his work is dated aroundand was found by the noted scholar Keshavram Kashiram Shastri from Gujarat Vidhya Sabha. He is known as the first poet of Gujarati Adi Kavi. By this time, Mehta had already sung about the rasaleela of Radha and Krishna.


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No education or profession other than religious devotion is mentioned in his poetry. They are full of intense lyricism, based upon pastimes of conjugal love between the Supreme Lord and His most intimate devotees – the Gopis and are not without allegorical dimensions.

No year is mentioned in his compositions. One day, when Narasinh Mehta had enough of these taunts and insults, he left the house and went to a nearby forest in search of some peace, where he fasted and meditated for seven days by a secluded Shiva lingam until Shiva appeared before him in person. It is said that he became poet due to grace of god but Bhayani opines that, if we consider Chaturi as his full or partial composition, its language, style and emotion establishes Narsinh’s knowledge of literary traditions and creativity.

The reasons behind opposition seem his acceptance of Vaishnava tradition even though his family tradition was Shaiva, his attitude towards society and poor and his friendly devotion to god in view of orthodox society. Draupadi Pattavidhan composed by Rangildas, son bhaot Trikamdas, mentions that Trikamdas was mentioned in Narsinh’s clan.

This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. The biography of Mehta is also available at Geeta Press. After this divine experience, the transformed Mehta returned to his village, touched his sister-in-law’s feet as reverence, and thanked her for insulting him for had she not made him upset, the above bbakt would not have occurred.

So it can be said that the contemporaneity of Mandalika and Narsinh was established by Samvat The specific problem is: He will forever be remembered for his poetic works and devotion to Lord Krishna. How Sri Krishna, in the guise of a wealthy merchant, helped Mehta in getting his son married is sung by the poet in Putra Vivah Na Pada. His gotra is Kashyap.


On the poet’s request, the Lord took him to Vrindavan and showed him the eternal raas leela of Krishna and the Gopis.

He was raised by his grandmother Jaygauri. It is mentioned that other Nagars opposed him due to his Vaishnava tradition.


This article needs additional citations for verification. The Har Mala episode deals with the challenge given to Mehta by Ra Mandalika —a Chudasama king, to prove his innocence in the charges of immoral behaviour by making the Lord Himself garland Narsinh. She has divided the development in three stages; biography from his poetry which is autobiographical in nature, biography emerging from poetry of poets born between Krishnadas and Premanandbiography written by poets after Premanand.

No consensus on dates among scholars except living in 15th century.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history. Narsaiyo was a Gujarati television series telecast by the Ahmedabad centre of Naesaiyo starring Darshan Jariwala in lead role. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Mehta and his wife stayed at his brother Bansidhar’s house in Junagadh.