Akha Bhagat

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Statue of Akho located in walled city of Ahmedabad

Akha Bhagat (or commonly known as Akho) (Gujarati: અખા ભગત, અખો) (1591–1656) was a medieval Gujarati poet who wrote in the tradition of the Bhakti movement. He wrote his poems in a literary form called Chhappa (six stanza satirical poems).

Life

He came to Ahmedabad from Jetalpur in the 17th Century. He was goldsmith by profession. His residence in Ahmedabad which is small room in Desaini Pol at Khadia is known as Akha no Ordo (literally meaning A room of Akha). Akho was Hindu- soni by cast and sub cast is pasawala (dhanpat). Soni means gold smith. one lane in desaini pol(street) is named as 'akha bhagatno khancho'. In Rajkot Kothariya naka(one of the gate of fort) Chowk named after him Akha Bhagat Chowk. Soni Bazar Starts from here. He got inspiration to go towards the way of Bhakti from Saint Gokulnath. He shared his experience and knowledge in chhappa. The poetry writing style he followed for lending his philosophy in verse. He wrote 746 chappas.[1]

Known poems

  • Panchikiran (Mixture of five elements)
  • Akhegita (Gita by Akho)
  • Chittavichar Samvad (A Dialogue between Mind and Thought)
  • Gurushishya Samvad (A Dialogue between Teacher and a Pupil)
  • Anubhav Bindu (A Drop of Experience)
  • Brham Lila
  • Kevaly Gita
  • Santpriya
  • Akha na Chhappan

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