Bhakt Narsinh Mehta
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The great Krishna devotee Bhakt Narsinh Mehta was born around 1414 in a Nagar Brahmin family in Junagadh district in Kathiyavaad region of Gujarat. His father’s name was Krishnadas and grandfather’s name was Vishnudatt Mehta. As his father died when he was very young, his grand mother Jaykumari brought him up along with his brother Bansidhar.
Jaykumari was a staunch Vaishanvite and this had an impact on Bhakt Narsinh Mehta. It is said that, in his childhood, Narsi could not speak and so his grandmother was worried for him that whether Narsi would ever be able to speak in his life or not. Once, after listening to Bhagwat katha in a Shiva temple, while she was returning, she met a saint. She told the saint about Narsi’s problem. The saint smiled and sprinkled water from his Kamandalu on to Narsinh and whispered in his ears, “Bolo Radhakrishna” (speak Radhakrishna) and Narsinh immediately said, “Radhakrishna.”
The great Krishna devotee Bhakt Narsinh Mehta was born around 1414 in a Nagar Brahmin family in Junagadh district in Kathiyavaad region of Gujarat
Seeing this, his grandmother was overjoyed. This was probably the “Mahamantra” of Krishna’s worship that the saint had whispered in to Narsinh’s ears.
In those days, in Gujarat, the cowherds of Braj carried out the milk business. Narsinh used to ask questions about Shri Krishna and Radha to the people of Braj and listen to stories of Krishna leela from them. He used to get engrossed listening to these stories. He used to go everywhere in the town where there was Bhajan–keertan (singing in melodious tone in praise of God) going on. He used to mingle into the kirtan groups and sing songs of Krishna leela. Slowly and gradually he got so much attached with bhajan-keertan that he started spending most of his time singing with them.
Narsinh used to ask questions about Shri Krishna and Radha to the people of Braj and listen to stories of Krishna leela from them.
After he grew up, thinking that his behavior will change after marriage, his grandmother got him married to Manikbai. But even after marriage there was no change in Narsinh’s behavior and he remained busy with bhajan-keertan. Within this period, he became father to a son and a daughter. Narsinh’s grandmother remained sad, as Bhakt Narsinh Mehta was not doing any job for a livelihood. His sister-in-law always taunted him saying that everyone was surviving on her husband’s money. One day, as he could not bear the taunt of his sister-in-law, he left the house and went in to jungle. There, in a Shiva temple, he worshipped lord Shiva for seven days without food and water and became unconscious. In the end, pleased with his worship, Lord Shiva manifested and at his request, took him to Shri Krishna in Vrindavan. It is said that Lord Krishna had told him to recite his name always that would be the solution to all his problems.
After the amazing darshan of Shri Krishna, Narsinh came back home and touched the feet of his sister-in-law and thanked her for insulting him in the absence of which he would have never left home and subsequently never have had the mystical experiences he did.
After the amazing darshan of Shri Krishna, Narsinh came back home and touched the feet of his sister-in-law and thanked her for insulting him
After few days his brother and sister-in-law threw him out of the house. His wife was worried as to where would they go but Narsinh was least bothered and putting his entire faith on Shri Krishna, set out. When they got tired walking, they reached a dharmashala where they were allowed to stay only for three days. Two days passed by staying hungry. On the third day, seeing their children hungry, his wife started crying thinking where would they go to the next day? Just then a man came and told him, “I have been looking for saints so that I can listen to Hari-katha (story of Vishnu’s incarnations). I have mended one of my houses for you to live there. Please do me a favor by staying there.”
This was not the only incident where god had directly helped Narsinh. Since Narsinh never thought of anyone else apart from tge lord, even God always thought about him. That is why whenever Narsi needed help, be it his daughter’s marriage, his father’s Shraddh (the offering of food and water to Brahmins in honour of ansectors), god always helped him in one way or other using different form as mediums.
Narsi needed help, be it his daughter’s marriage, his father’s Shraddh (the offering of food and water to Brahmins in honour of ansectors), god always helped him
Jealous with the growing popularity of Narsinh, people of Nagar community accused him falsely in many ways and complained the King. The King called them and said, “If you are a true devotee then go to the temple and garland the idol with flowers and pray to god that he should make you wear the same garland with his hands and if this does not happen, you will be punished.” Narsinhji sat in the temple whole night reciting lord’s name. Next day, in front of everyone, the idol moved from its place and garlanded Narsi.
Once a few people, sent a prostitute after Narsinh but within few days, the prostitute left her profession and became an ascetic.
Narsinh did not know to write and read but kept creating new bhajans while continuously singing them. He created bhajans (poems) in the thousands, which is a precious treasure of Vaishnav literature. Based on his bhajans there are many poems written in Gujarati literature.
Narsinh did not know to write and read but kept creating new bhajans while continuously singing them. He created bhajans (poems) in the thousands, which is a precious treasure of Vaishnav literature.
His bhajans are sung not only in Gujarat but all over India. His bhajan “Vaishnav Jan to tene re kahiye” was Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan.
“ Vaishnav Jan to tene re kahiye, je peed parayee jane re,
Par dukhe upkaar kare toye man abhimaan na aane re”
(He is called a true “Vaishnav” who feels the suffering of another human being, and forgets that he did a favor on someone never taking pride in it)
This greatest devotee of Lord Krishna left for Vaikunth Dham in 1481 (some say 1487). Shri Narsinh is also said to be the “Adi Kavi” or the first amongst poets in Gujarati literature.