Sacred Songs

Andal Songs
Jayadeva Songs
Vidyapati Songs
Kabir Songs
Meera Songs
Purandharadasa Songs
Surdas Songs
Tulsidas Songs
Tukaram Songs
Tyagaraja songs


TULSIDAS (1532-1623)

Details about Tulsidas' s life are scallty. He was probably born in 1532 at Rajapur in Uttar Pradesh and lived most of his life-alone and unapproachable-at Varanasi, where he died in 1623 He was a contemporary of Akbar and Rana Pratap Singh of Udaipur.

Tulsidas's most famous work is the Ramcharitmiinas, which deals with the story of Rama, Prince of Ayodhya, in loving devotion.

Tulsidas was an ardent devotee of Sri Rama as a divine incarnation of God. "The whole universe is full of Mother Sita and Lord Rama. With folded hands, I bow before them", he used to pray.

His other works include: Krishna Gitiivali, Vinay Patrikii, Gitavali, Kavitavali, Dohiivali ete. In all these works, Tulsi's devotion to God is explicit.

Tulsidas wrote his poetry in Lok Bhasha and Braj Bhasha, two dialects of Hindi.