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Bahina Bai: A Translation of her autiobiography and verses

Bahina Bai: A Translation of her autiobiography and verses

Justin E. Abbott

  • ISBN: 9788120813342, 8120813340
  • Year of Publication: 1996
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
Rs. 124.00

The Maratha people can point with pride to many of their poet-saints who

were women of literary ability, wise in philosophy and godly in character.

Bahina Bai is one of them. The present work introduces this saint-poetess

whose autobiography and verses have been known to but a few outside


The author has not attempted to translate all the verses of Bahina Bai.

Instead, he has chosen such portions as seemed best adapted to give to the

English reader the thoughts of this Indian woman that found expression in

her verses nearly three hundred years ago.

Bahina's autobiography, unique in Marathi literature, supplies all that is

known of her. But it covers only the details of her early years. For her

later years with their mental struggles, temptations, perplexities and

thoughts of approaching death one has to gather from her verses such

details as she has made possible.


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