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Mirabai was one of the greatest saints and devotee of Lord
Krishna. Despite facing neglect and criticism from her own people
and family, she lived a saintly life and composed many devotional
Mirabai was one of the greatest saints and devotee of Lord Krishna. Despite facing neglect and criticism from her own people and family, she lived a saintly life and composed many devotional bhajans. One of the oldest biographical records about her was from Priyadass commentary in Nabhadas Sri Bhaktammal in 1712.
Mira was born around the beginning of the 16th century in the Chaukari village of Merta; Rajasthan. Her father was Ratan Singh, a descendant of Rao Rathor, founder of Jodhpur. When she was 3 years old, a wandering monk came to her home and gave her father a doll of Krishna. Her father accepted this as a blessing but was initially reluctant to give it to her, as he assumed she would not appreciate it. However, the first look of the doll mesmerized Mira with the Lord and his appearance. She actually refused to eat till the doll was given to her, all this at 3 years of age.
For her, Krishna was her friend, lover, husband, and everything. No matter how disturbed life began she never gave up on her commitment towards him. She was married to Prince Bhoj Raj, who was the eldest son of Rana Sanga of Chittor. Mira did serve her husband dutifully but was never impressed with the luxuries of the palace, every evening she spent her time in devotion and singing for Krishna and would at times get so lost in his devotion that she would detach from the world and enter a state of trance.
Her new family disagreed with her devotion to wards Krishna and disapproval of their family deity, Durga. But her love for Krishna spread everywhere, she would indulge with monks and people would end up joining her during her Bhajans. Her sister-in-law began making defamatory remarks about her, claiming that she was entertaining other men in her room. Upon hearing this, her husband gushed into her room, with a sword in his hand but only saw her playing with a doll.
King Akbar upon hearing about the Saint Princess, wanted to visit her, but due to enmity could not, so he dressed up as a beggar and visited her, he was so mesmerized by her that before leaving he left her a priceless necklace. But the news spread soon, so her husband became furious that a Muslim and his own enemy set eyes on her, so he ordered her to commit suicide, respecting her husbands command she entered the river to commit suicide, that is when Lord Krishna appeared before her and asked her to go to Brindavan where she can worship in peace, that is when she left with a few people. Her husband realized his mistake and went there to get her, she also returned but with the displeasure with the rest of the family.
After her husband died, she was tortured by the family hence she returned to Brindavan to worship her Lord and lived there. This was the life of the Saint Princess, Mirabai.