Tulsidas was born at Rajapur on the banks of the Yamuna river on the 7th day of the month of Shraavana in the bright half of the lunar. His father name was Hulsi and mother Atmaram Dubey. According to the historians, he was born in 1554 or 1532 AD and lived his life around 126 years. According to the legend, Goswami Tulsidas stayed 12 months in his mother’s womb. When he was born he seems five years old boy and had all the 32 teeth. As soon as he born, started pronouncing word Rama, So the parents named him Rambola. Unfortunately, his father died after only four days of the child’s birth. The mother took him to Haripur, the hometown of Atmaram Dubey. She also died when Goswami Tulsidas was only five years, the tragic made him begging for alms.
Learning Sanskrit and Vedas
At the age of 7, he started learning at the Ayodhya and went to the sacred city Varanasi at the age of 15 years. Shesha Sanatana was his Guru and learned there Sanskrit grammar, philosophy, Hindu sacred books four Vedas and six vedangas. After the studies took permission from his Guru and went back to the Birthplace Chitrakuta. Later he started narrating the Lord Rama story from Epic Ramayana.
Saint Tulsidas married to Ratnavali on the 13th day of the Jyeshta month in the year 1583 AD. They blessed with a son named Tarak, unfortunately, the boy died at the toddler state. There was also a story about the renunciation of Tulsidas, one day he went to Hanuman temple to worship Hanuman. At the meantime, his wife also went to her father’s house. When Tulsidas returned home, didn’t find her and swam along the Yamuna river to meet her. This made upset Ratnavali, remarked to devote yourself profoundly to the God. Then he left Ratnavali, went to Prayag and renounced the Grihastha life and became a Sadhu.
After the renunciation, he spent most of the time at Prayag, Ayodhya and Varanasi.traveled across India and met Saints and Sadhus to know the concept of life. In the journey, studied different people and different ideologies. Tulsidas visited the Manasarovar lake and had seen Kakabhushundi, the crow who is the narrators in the Ramcharitmanas.
Saint Tulsidas Visiting a Ghost
One day he visited the woods for morning ablutions with a water pot. On the return, he offers the remaining water to a certain tree. The water quenched the thirst of a Ghost. Then the Ghost appeared to Tulsidas and offered him a boon. Then he wanted to see Lord Rama with his own eyes. Then the Ghost said that everyday Hanuman comes to you to listen to the story of Lord Rama in the mean attire of a leper. So yourself reveal the desire before Hanuman, he could show you the way to see Lord Rama.
That evening the saint noticed an old leper, sat far of the gathering. After the narration of the Katha, he followed the leper to the woods. In the middle, the poet fell at the leper’s feet and asked for blessings. Then Hanuman came into the real form and blessed the poet and granted a boon. Then the saint wanted Hanuman to see Lord Rama with his own eyes. In 1631 AD, he started to write the Ramcharitmanas in Ayodhya. By the end of 1633 AD, completed Ramcharitmanas. Later came to Varanasi and narrated the epic Ramcharitmanas to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
He lived 126 years and died at the Assi Ghat on the bank of the river Ganga in July or August 1680 AD. There are also different sources about the exact date of the death.