Against religious dogmatism

Print edition : September 18, 2015

The image of Vitthal in the Pandharpur temple, Maharashtra. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Warkaris on a pilgrimage to Pandharpur. The Warkari cult has evolved styles that are best suited to the resources of the underprivileged classes. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Namdev. He accepted “untouchables” into his liberal sect and was the first sant to do so.

Kabir. He decried caste in the strongest terms and denounced the show of wealth.

Tukaram. He became the most vocal enemy of Brahmin orthodoxy in his time.

Guru Nanak. Nanak, Kabir and Dadu Dayal are the pre-eminent figures of the northern Sant tradition. Photo: The Hindu Archives

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