REVISITING SANT TUKARAM AT THE PINNACLE OF BHAKTI TRADITION: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
The Bhakti movement was a religious movement occurred in medieval Hinduism that tried to bring religious reforms to all layers of society with the help of devotion to attain salvation. The Bhakti movement started regionally around numerous gods and goddesses, with some sub-sects which consisted of Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smartism. This movement guided in local or regional languages soas the message to percolate to the masses. Many poet-saints encouraged the movement, embracing a wide range of philosophical stands ranging from theistic to atheistic. This movement empowered the growth of vernacular literature pan India. Sant Tukaram (c.1608 – c.1650) is a special contributor to this tradition.The paper aims to decipher his multiferous contribution to the growth and advancement of this powerful tradition and leaving behind great legacies for the future generations with strong message of devotion with salvation .