Bhaktamal is a poem in the Braja language that gives short biographies of more than two-hundred Bhaktas. It was written by Guru Nabha Dass ji (Devanāgarī: भक्तमाल, IAST: Bhaktamāla) (c. 1585), and was composed by Nabhadas (a saint belonging to the tradition of Ramananda).:14 Though considered a hagiography by some, the work recounts no miraculous events, and is widely believed to be an unbiased account of Bhaktas across all sectarian paths. The Bhaktamal gives the earliest reliable account of many Bhakta, and hence is considered an important source for literary and devotional history of northern India. It can be bought from Sudama Kuti, Bansiwat, Vrindavan,U.P or from Geeta Press, Gorakhpur.
Commentaries, translations and adaptations
- Hindi commentary titled Bhaktirasbodhini by Priyadas in 1712.
- A Rajasthani adaptation, Dadupanthi Bhaktamal by Raghavdas in 1720. This work gives biographies of 1200 saints of the Dadupanthi order.
- A Gurmukhi commentary, by Bhai Gurdas in the eighteenth century.
- Hindi commentary Bhaktamalpradipan in Persian manuscript by Tulsiram in the eighteenth century.
- A Bengali adaptation, Bhaktamal by Loldas in eighteenth century.
- Hindi translation titled Bhaktakalpadruma by Pratap Sinha in the nineteenth century.
- Hindi translation titled Shri Bhaktamal: Tika, Tilak, aur Namavali Sahit by Sitaramsharan Bhagavan Prasad in 1903.
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