Mirabai, the name itself fills me with reverence. It is not just her life and love for Krishna but also her simple poems. They fill you with such awe and tranquility and the love simply emanates from them. Meerabai's life story is that of riches to rags. Born a princess to her adoring royal parents and married to a king who loved and adored her, her love for Krishna preceded everything. So much that she lived a saint in her palace and then left everything for her love to live with beggars and the poor (a dishonorable act for a queen in her days). She was tortured and banished from the kingdom for the unconditional love for her Lord...... even made to drink poison but her love never left her. It made states and kings to bend their rules and laws. Mirabai redefined LOVE - that love cannot be bound by any boundaries and it surpasses all!!! Love knows no shame no right wrong..... It is sublime. You can read more about her here.
This is the temple where Meerabai prayed and served her Krishna. Chittorgarh is her in-laws house. At first she only came down here to pray everyday. Then in the later part of her life she lived and served her Lord right here and then when her husband died, she was banished and wandered all over the country only to return here and it was here that she was given poison. Thousands throng here everyday to get a little piece of Meerabai. I did too!!! When I realised that I was kinda close to Chittorgarh. I changed my whole travel itinerary and drove 100's of miles to be there. You can't be in Rajasthan and not meet Meerabai. As I stood before the altar (pic 3) was so enthralled and as I looked for signs and traces for her presence, the peace that dawned on me at that moment was unbelievable. I could sit there all day.
I leave you with links to her poems in English and some with their translations in English:
Linking to Our World Tuesday, Tuesday around the world, Ruby Tuesday, Himmelsk#112, A piece of heaven