Vaishya Hindu saints

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By Himanshu Bhatt

As in the early Vedic times castes didn't exist, there were some pious people mentioned as 'Vaiśya' that had attained Brāhmanhood. For example, Nābha and his children were Ṛṣis that contributed to the Ṛgveda.

List of prominent saints

Mahatma Gandhi on U.S. stamp. He is also featured of stamps of Ireland, Burkina-Faso, Tanzania, Togo, Venezuela, and of other countries.
Brahma Kumari founder's stamp
Mahatma Gandhi statue in London’s Parliament Square, London (Britain). His statues also exist in Bloomsbury, London (Britain), in Belgrave Road, Leicester (Britain), in Gandhi Square, in Ariana Parc European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva (Switzerland), Johannesburg (South Africa), in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), and other places throughout the world.
Name Ethnicity Caste Sect Compositions Other significance
Abhayakara Gupta Hindi Kāyastha Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya)
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Bengali Kāyastha Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya) He established the Hare Krishna sect which has attracted followers worldwide, without much need for encouraging converts.
Amaraneedi Nayanar Tamil Śaiva He is one of the 63 Nayanar saints.
Amrit Desai Gujarati Śaiva His Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, USA became a worldwide attraction for people top learn yoga Ayurvedic homeopathy.
Arivattaya Nayanar Tamil Vellalar Śaiva He is one of the 63 Nayanar saints.
Bhagwan Goswami Hindi Ahir Vaiṣnava (devotee of Kabirpanthi) He was a disciple of Kabir.
Bodhala Bawa Marathi Vaiṣnava (devotee of Vitthal)
Charan Das Hindi Vaiṣnava He established the sect known as Charandasi.
Chekizhar Tamil Vellalar Śaiva He was a rich merchant.
Churaman Hindi Vaiṣnava (Kabirpanthi) He was the son of Dharamdas. He spread Kabirpanthi Vaishnavism throughout Central India.
Damodara Deva Ahomi Ekasarana Dharma He was a disciple of Śankaradeva and preached the Ekasarana Dharma throughout Assam.
Dharamdas Hindi Vaiṣnava (Kabirpanthi) Disciple of Kabir
Dharnidas Hindi Kāyastha Vaiṣnava (Dharnishwari) He founded the Dharnishwari sect.
Gadadhara Pandita (also Gadadhar Das) Bengali Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya) He was a disciple of Chaitanya and preached his message.
Gyaniji (also Jananiji)
Iyarpagaiar Tamil Śaiva He is one of the 63 Nayanar saints.
Jaydev
Kalikkamba Tamil Śaiva He is one of the 63 Nayanar saints.
Kalki Bhagavan Tamil Vaiṣnava He founded the Oneness University.
Karaikkal Ammaiyar Tamil Śaiva She is one of the 63 Nayanar saints.
Karsendas Mulji Gujarati Kapol He was a social reformer and received much support.
Kasiram Das Bengali Kāyastha Vaiṣnava
Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Babaji Maharaja (also Batakṛṣṇa Kanango or Siddha Baba of Govardhana.) Oriya Karana Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya) He was a disciple of Srila Prabhupada.
Kṛṣṇadas
Keshav Chandra Sen Bengali Vaidya Brahmo Samaji
Kotpuliyar Nayanar Tamil Śaiva
Lala Bhagat (also Lalaji Maharaj)
Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani (also Dada Lekhraj or Brahma Baba) Sindhi Bhaiband Śaiva (Brahma Kumari) He founded the Brahma Kumari organization, which has followers worldwide.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (also Mahesh Prasad Varma) Hindi Kāyastha Transcendental Meditation Some of his disciples were The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Ravi Shankar.
Manakkanychaara Nayanar Tamil Śaiva
Mekan Dada Kutchi Ahir Śaiva Had several disciples of different castes, including Mayagarji, Mata Lirbai, Kandha Ahir, Vigha Ahir, Kanthad Suthar, Saraswat Brahmin Premji Ganpat, Sadhu Surdasji, Thakor Mokaji, Jada Khiyaranji Loria, Kadia Kanji, Prema bai
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Gujarati Vaiṣnava He laid the foundation for freedom movements in the 20th century, which several prominent freedom fighters have followed and have achieved their goals of democracy and equality.
Muldas[1] Gujarati Vaiṣnava
Murti Nayanar Tamil Śaiva
Narottama Dasa Thakura (also Thakura Mahasaya) Bengali Kāyastha Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya)
Padmanav
Paltu Sahib Das Hindi Vaiṣnava Paltu Sahib Ki Bani.
Pattinathar Tamil Śaiva He was a wealthy merchant.
Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (also Shri Anandamurti or Baba) Bengali Śaiva (Ananda Margi) He founded the Ananda Marga, which is a worldwide organization renouned for its spiritual thinking and for teaching yoga.
Raghunath Das (also Dasa Goswami) Bengali Kāyastha Vaiṣnava (Gaudiya) He was a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Ram Prasad Sen Bengali Vaidya Śakta
Ravi Saheb[2] Gujarati Vaiṣnava
Rupanarayan Ghosh Bengali
Saakkiya Nayanar Tamil Śaiva
Sadhu T. L. Vaswani Sindhi
Saththi Nayanar Tamil Śaiva
Srikhanda Vadya
Sundardasji He was the son of Churaman Das and disciple of Dharam Das. He became leader of the kuti (institute) of Ratanpur.
Thayumanavar Tamil Vallalar Śaiva He was a renowned poet.
Tirunavukkarasar (also Appar) Tamil
Trilochan Hindi
Vaayilaar Tamil
Viranminda Nayanar Tamil Śaiva

See also

References

  1. P. 26 Gujarat Unknown: Hindu-Muslim Syncretism and Humanistic Forays By J. J. Roy Burman
  2. P. 26 Gujarat Unknown: Hindu-Muslim Syncretism and Humanistic Forays By J. J. Roy Burman