Goswami Tulsidas, or more famously Tulsidas, was an Indian poet-saint, philosopher, composer, and social reformer widely known for his literary work Ramcharitmanas – the Hindi equivalent of Saint Valmiki’s Ramayan.
Life and times
Tulsidas was born into a Hindu Vaishnav family in the year 1532 A.D. in the village of Rajapur (present-day Chitrakoot District of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India). However, since very little is factually known about his early life and childhood, his place of birth has often been a topic of debates among historians and priests alike. He is considered to be an incarnation of Saint Valmiki himself who came to Earth to help the masses learn from and about the life of Lord Rama. He spent the majority of his own life being devoted to Lord Rama. Legend has it that at the time of his birth, Tulsidas did not cry as babies usually would, but uttered the word Rama instead. This led him to be named Rambola, or one who takes the name of the Lord.
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