Women in History: Mirabai

Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 16th century Hindu mystic poet and celebrated Bhakti saint. Bhakti, in Hinduism, refers to devotion and the love of a god by a devotee. Mirabai was a devotee of the god Krishna and wrote hundreds of poems or bhajans to express her love and praise of him.

She received a great deal of criticism from her family for defying convention in order to live a saintly life. However, Mirabai’s devotional bhajans were sung and celebrated across northern India, and her fame and spirituality was said to have even reached the ears of the Moghul Emperor Akbar.

Today, we honor Mirabai and her unfailing devotion. For more snippets of women’s stories and contributions throughout history, click here.