Mirabai was born at Merta in Nagaur, Rajasthan, in 1498 AD. She was one of the great devotees of Lord Krishna. Since her childhood days, she has had a deep love for Krishna and the concept of Hinduism. One day her mother gave her an idol of Krishna When she was six. Then she felt a deep love for Krishna and started worshipping him day and night. She had born to a noble family, so at the age of sixteen, her marriage was fixed with Prince Bhoj Raj, the heir of the Chittor kingdom and the eldest son of Rana Sanga.
Marriage Husband’snd’s Death
Mirabai married unwillingly to Bhoj Raj in 1516 AD, the heir of Mewar. Their devotional attitude of Mira never considers Bhoj Raj as her husband. She firmly believed only Krishna was her husband. Her devotion made her neglect household duties. She didn’t sdidn’t single minute intimately with her husband, so her married life was ruined. In 1518 AD, her husband was wounded in the Hindu-Muslim wars of the Delhi Sultanate. His wounds caused him to die in 1521 AD. She didn’t follow didn’tcient custom of Sati when her husband died. Later few years of her husband’s deathusband’sther and father-in-law were also killed during a war with Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire in India.
There are many legends showing the spiritual power of Mirabai. For instance, her father-in-law tried to kill her many times. Once, they send a glass of poison to Mirabai by telling them it is the nectar. However, she drank it as water. Another legend was once Vikram Singh wanted her to drown herself in the water. By following his instructions, Mirabai tried to drown but floated like a flower on the water. Such types of many legendaries are around her life, but some have a contradiction to qualify them as genuine.
When Mirabai was 30, she went to Vrindavan in Mathura to find Krishna. She spent all her time praying and worshipping her God, Krishna. She had been wandering everywhere in Dwarka to gain enlightenment. Finally, with the blessings of Lord Krishna, she was blessed to get culture and went to Dwarka, the heavenly place of Lord Krishna. People believe that she went into the temple of Krishna in Dwarka and disappeared into the air. However, she left behind her many compositions of several songs and poems. These compositions show us how Mirabai loved Lord Krishna.
Mirabai wrote many poems about her deep expression of love and feelings towards Lord Krishna. Traditionally her songs were known as ‘Pada’, the small spiritual songs ‘rais’ng God Krishna. The style of ‘pada’ was very famous in the 14th century an’ und’rstandable to the ordinary people in those days. During her time, the Bhakti movement was at its peak, and Indian history was filled with conflicts and religious differences between Hindus and Muslims. So the themes of her poems made her the symbol of narrating the suffering of people and the desire for a fresh lease of life.