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Date: Wed Mar 27 1996 - 23:15:21 PST
A lot of informative articles have appeared on this subject. One person who did a Madal urdal of sorts was Meerabai. She was married to the king of Chittaud when still a child. By the time she came of age, the king had been killed in battle. She thus remained a virgin with the Lord as her only lover till the end. She was put through all kinds of harrasment by her in laws and high priest a Durga worshipper, who felt his power threatened if the rest of the family were to follow Meera and abandon Kali worship and goat sacrifices. But even poison would not work. She was locked inside a temple courtyard for days. Those temples were open and snakes crawled at nights. She wrote about this harassment to Tulsidas who replied that people who are not devotees of Sita Rama are not to be considered relatives. She then abandoned Chittaud and moved to Vrindavana. She decorated herself sometimes as a bride (inspite of being a widow) and sometimes as an ascetic complete with shaved head and saffron robes. She sang once "Laaj, saram, Kul ki maryada sar se door kari" or "I have given up decency, shyness and family prestige by giving up my "ghoonghat" or cloth that covered the head and face. This is an extraordinary feat in rural Rajasthan today not to speak of the 15th and 16th centuries. In another song she sings "There is no comfort or wealth that I have not given up for You. There is nothing that I have left. Yet You are not appearing before me...]" Since a Paramahamsa Vaishnava was subjected to all sorts of torture and thrown out of Chittaud, after she left, there was drought and other natural disasters. People eventually realized the reason for their continued misfortune and the king went to Vrindavan to bring Meerabai back. Upon receiving his invitation, Meera said that she needed Krishna's permission to return. She went into one of the temples and there she saw the Lord not in His archa form but in His Para Roopa and she was taken away from this earth along with her body. While this happened the doors of the temple closed and opened automatically when it was all over. Jaganath. PS. There is a movie made by Hema Malini as well as many books on this subject. The movie and many books however take generous liberties with the truth. What I have reproduced here is parts of her life story that are told in her own songs and what I have heard about her life from a pure devotee of Sriman Narayana.