10. Ramanand - The work done by
Ramanujacharya in south India was accomplished in north by
Ramanand. He is at the top in Vaishnav Bhaktas. His pupils
belonged to all religions and castes. Kabir was one of them.
11. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - A great
devotee of Radha-Krishna of 14th century A.D. Made disciples
of all casts. Started kirtan as medium to worship God. His
activities were limited mostly to Bengal. Founder of Gaudiya
12. Kabir - A prominent disciple of
Ramanand in14th century. Was weaver by profession. Made
every effort to reconcile between Hindus & Muslims. Was
critical of the evils of both the religions. Was a great
poet. Was a devotee of the bodyless (Nirgun) God.
13. Guru Nanak - Founder of Sikh
religion and it's first Guru. Born at Talwandi of Punjab
(now in Pakistan) in the house of Kalu Ram Mehta in 1469. He
taught vedic culture through local languages. Died in 1539.
14. Meera Bai - Born in Medta in
Rajsthan in 1498. She was the daughter-in-law of Rana Sanga
of Mewar. When offered she, drank a cup of poison smilingly.
A great devotee of Krishna. Died in 1546.
15. Tulsidas - A great devotee of
Ram, well known poet of 16th century. He was author of Ram
Charit Manas and other books. Stimulated the minds of Hindus
oppressed by Muslim rulers. He was a Sanskrit scholar, but
wrote in local language.
16. Tuka Ram - A Vaishnav saint, born
in Maharashtra in 17th century.
17. Ravi Das (Raidas) - A famous
saint of 16th century who was bornin a cobbler's family. Was
a staunch follower of Swami Ramanand.Prominent Krishna
devotee. Mirabai came into contact with him forsome time.
18. Ballabhacharya - Another
important devotee of Krishna born in the house of Laxman
Bhatt of Andhra Pradesh in 15th century. Studied in Kashi
and lived in Brindavan also for some time. His philosophy is
called Shudha Dwait according to which God takes the shape
of the universe at his will.
19. Gorakhnath - An eminent disciple
of guru Matsyendra (Machhendra) Nath. Staunch Hath yogi,
famous for his miracles. Several Mutts are spread all over
India where he is worshipped.
20. Jhule Lal - An honourable
personality in Sindh of 10th century. He foiled the attempts
of Muslim rulers to convert Hindus into Mohammedan enblock.
He is immensely respected by Sindhi community.
21. Tiruvalluvar - Born in Ist
century BC. Famous Tamil Saint who hailed from a weaver
family. His writings are edited in the famous book
22. Kamb - Born in Tamilnadu thousand
years back. A devotee of Ram. Wrote Kamb Ramayan in Tamil
and propagated Ram Katha in south India.