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Naamdev (1270 to 1350)
It is said that Naamdev was born to Damsheti (father) and Gonabahi (mother) in the village of Narasvamani (Satar district, Maharastra). He married Rajabal, daughter of Govinda Sheti Sadvateh at 11 years of age, and had 4 sons and a daughter.

Bhagat Naamdev
Following in the footsteps of his father, Naamdev became a tailor
and later became the disciple of Jnaanadev who taught him the ways of devotion to Vishnu

Naamdev became a disciple of Vishnu (the "Preserver" under the Trinity) under Jnaandev (a great saint of the 'Bhakti Movement') and later spend most of his time in a village called Ghuman (Gurdaspur District, Punjab). A story expounded by Macauliffe in the last century goes as follows:
‘One day when Namdev’s father was absent, the son took the daily offering of the family to the temple. It consisted of milk, which the youth had just milked from his cow. He thought that the god would freely partake of the the offering on which he had lavished so much care. The stony idol, however, would not vouchsafe to do so. Upon this Namdev began to cry, threw himself down at the god’s feet and uttered passionate supplications. In due time the god relented and accepted the boy’s offering. He celebrated the event in the following hymn in the Bhairo measure:-
Nama having milked his brown cow took a cup of milk and a jug of water for the idol. ‘Drink milk and my mind will be at ease; otherwise my father will be angry.’ A golden cup filled with milk Nama took and placed before the idol The saints alone abide in my heart. On seeing Nama the god smiled. On giving milk to the idol the worshipper Nama went home. And God appeared onto him.
With reference to this miracle the author of the Bhagat Mal, in a paroxysm of devotion, remarks, ‘Congratulations to God who loveth His saints, and is pleased with their devotion. Though whom the Vedas call Endless, and to attain whom Shiv and the other demigods performed every form of penance, art so much in the power of the saints and their love, that Though performest everything according to their desires.
(‘The Sikh Religion’, M.A. Macauliffe, Vol.VI, Pa.19- 20)

Vishnu, the preserver
The preserver, seen here holding a conch shell (symbol of origin
of existance), a mace (symbol of the power of wisdom), a 'Sudharshan chakra'
(symbol of creation and destruction), and a Lotus flower (symbol of harmony from chaos)

According to his autobiographical ballad known as 'Tirathvah', Naavdev lived in Pandharpur where he spent his time singing praises of the Almighty. Naamdev's works are to be found in the text 'Naamdevachee Katha' written in Hindi.

During the Sikh Misl period, Akali Nihang Jassa Singh Ramgharia would construct a Mandhir at Ghuman in respect of Naamdev. 60 Hymns composed by Naamdev are found within Adi Guru Durbar.

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