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Bhagat Dhanna

Dhanna Bhagat (born 1415) was a mystic poet and one of devotees whose three hymns are present in Adi Granth.[1]

He was born in the village of Choru gurudwara near tehsil Faggi, in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan,[2] India in Jat family.[3]

Max Arthur Macauliffe fixes 1415 as the year of Dhanna's birth, but his name does not appears in the writings of Kabir or Ravidas. The earliest mention of his name is in Mira Bai's songs that proclaims how Dhanna grew cereals without sowing seed.

He was initiated by Ramananda.

Divine powers

There are a number of myths about the divine powers of Dhanna Bhagat. One such states that once he was ploughing his fields. Large number of sanyasis came to him and demanded food. He gave them all the seed kept for sowing, and ploughed the fields without sowing seeds. The fields produced no food grains, but gourds. When Jagirdar came to collect the levy he offered two gourds. The Jagirdar broke the gourds and found that they were full of pearls. There is a proverb:[4]

धन्‍ना जाट का हरिसों हेत, Dhanna Jat ka Harison het,

बिना बीज के निपजा खेत। Bina Beej ke Nopaja khet.

Meaning - Dhanna Jat had so much love with God that fields produced foodgrain without seeds.

Popular culture

In 1974, a Punjabi movie called Bhagat Dhanna Jatt, starring Dara Singh, was released.

References

  1. ^ Page 193, Glimpses of the Scriptures of Major World Religions, Ashok K. Sinha,Xlibris Corporation, Apr 11, 2014
  2. ^ Page 107, Guru Granth Sahib Among The Scriptures Of The World, Darshan Singh, Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Jan 1, 2004
  3. ^ Page 60, The Encyclopedia of Sikhism (over 1000 Entries), H. S. Singha, Hemkunt Press, 2000
  4. ^ Thakur Deshraj, Jat Itihas (Hindi), Maharaja Suraj Mal Smarak Shiksha Sansthan, Delhi, 1934, 2nd edition 1992 page 611.
  • Sahib Sirigh, Bhagat-BaniSati`k, vol. I. Amritsar, 1979
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