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Sant Narsinh Mehta, was born in 1414, in a Nagar Brahmin family, in Talaja, a village near Junagadh, Surat, India and was one of the greatest devotee of the God Krishna right from his childhood. He was fortunate to get the darshan of Lord Krishna on multiple occasions. He is the composer of the soul-stirring song, "Vaishnava Jana to Tene Kahiye je", which describes the qualities of a devotees.

He was a scholar, philosopher and a social performer. Narsinh Mehta was one of the most reputed poets of India. By the tender age of five he lost his parents and was brought up by his grandmother, Jayakunvar. Narsinh always accompanied his grandmother to the Hatkeshwar Mahadev mandir for darshan and to listen to bhajans. Once Jayakunvar approached an ascetic at the mandir, when the ascetic looked at 8 years child Narsinh and could guess that he would become a great bhakta.

To this Jayakunvar informed him that the boy is handicap. The ascetic soon gave him a herb and asked him to chant - 'Radhe Krishna'. To everyone's surprise Narsinh started chanting 'Radhe Krishna'. He was then admitted to a Sanskrit school for his studies. Narsinh visited Hatkeshwar Mahadev everyday to participate in singing bhajans. Jayakunvar was worried that he would become a 'Sadhu' and soon got him married to a seven year old girl named Manek.

Further at the age of sixteen, he was blessed with a daughter, Kunvarbai and a son, Shamal. Narsinhas' brther's wife, Gauri was not happy with Narsinh and his family and often poisoned her husband's ears. Later, grandma Jayakunvar arranged Kunvarbai's marriage with a rich man's son, Vasantrai from Una. Soon at the age of 95, grandma breathed her last.

After the grandma left Gauri started torturing Narsinh and his wife and compelled them to leave the house. Narsinh reached to an old Shiv mandir near Junagadh and stayed there hungry and thirsty for seven days. God Shivji, Gopnath Mahadev was very much pleased with his austerity and granted him a wish by giving a divine 'Darshan'. Overwhelmed Narsinh urged for the 'darshan' of Shri Krishna's Raas Leela. Lord Shiva blessed him and granted him the boon. He then returned back to Junagadh with ecstacy.

Saint Narsi Mehta composed many wonderful divine poems in his mother tongue, Gujarati, in the praise of Shri. Krishna, which summerize the spiritual truths. These compositions are being sung by several devotees till today all over the world. Narsinh Mehta's Chora is a highly esteemed place.

There exists a small temple of Gophnath and the idol of Shri Damodar Raiji and Narsinh Mehta. In the 15th century, Saint Narsinha Mehta, used to organise there his religious discourses and devotional songs. Late 15th century Saint Narsinh Mehta breathed his last at Mangrol, Saurashtra, Gujarat Sultanate


The Legends

1- Shri. Krishna rescued

Narsinh stayed in another house with his family. Once, he arranged a 'pitrushraaddha' (oblations offering to forefathers) and invited many Nagar Brahmins to his house for meal. Narsinh was out to buy ghee, when he met a devotee who insisted to go to temple and sing bhajans.

Narsinh totally forgot the ghee and guests at home. One brahmin had called a big group from Nagar for meal. But miraculously the food was being cooked and served to all and Manek could not understand from where the raw material is coming. The satisfied brahmins blessed Narsinh and exclaimed - "Narsinh Bhagatni Jai".

After the bhajans were finished, Narsinh realised that he had to buy ghee. However, on reaching home he saw the guests leaving with full satisfaction. Narsinh soon realised that Shri. Krishna had came for his rescue.

2- The Floating Garland

The ardent dissiples of God such as - sadhus, mystics and bhaktas are often tested of faith, in the form of either humiliation, insults or physical injury by the athiests of society. Narsinh Mehta was also humiliated by such elements due his extreme devotion.

Once there was a false complaint given to King Ra'Mandalik, against Narsinh, that he was behaving contrary to scriptural law. Soon the king wanted to test Narsinh's purity. He summoned Narsinh to the palace and explained him about his plan that - A garland will be worn around Damodar's neck in the mandir and the door will be locked from outside.

If by next morning if that garland is found around Narsinh's neck, he will be considered as innocent. Narsinh started singing devotedly and a miracle took place which amazed everyone. The mandir doors got opened and the garland flew through the air and fell around Narsinh Mehta's neck with honour. The king and others were confirmed about his purity and lauded him by shouting - "Narsinh Bhagatni Jai".


Vaishnav jan To Tene Kahiye


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