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Rupa Bhawani, like Lal Ded, is one of the great female mystic poets of Kashmir.

She is said to have been born on the first day of the Hindu festival of Navaratri, the nine days dedicated to the Goddess. As a mark of how greatly she is revered, some legends say she was an incarnation of the Goddess who wished to bestow a blessing upon her saintly father.

The exact year of her birth varies in different accounts between 1620 and 1624.

Her father is said to have initiated her into yogic practice.

Although her father was a devotee of Hinduism and her poetry clearly uses yogic terminology, some elements of her poetry also suggests the influence of Sufi mysticism, as well. Today, she is honored by both Hindus and Muslims.

Rupa Bhawani entered mahanirvana, a saint's conscious exit from the body, in 1721. The day is commemorated in Kashmir as Sahibi Saptami.

Poems by Rupa Bhawani

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Rupa Bhawani: Life, teachings & philosophy

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Saints and Sages: Rupa Bhawani

A few articles on the life and poetry of Rupa Bhawani, including an extended biography.

Kashmiri Poets

Includes a brief biography of Rupa Bhawani.

Mystic Trends in Kashmiri Poetry

An extended article on sacred Kashmiri poetry, with some in-depth references to Rupa Bhawani among others.

Nature and Consciousness of the People of Kashmir

Includes a brief biography and verse by Rupa Bhawani.
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