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### Theory:

The proliferation of the Bhakti Cult:

The Bhakti cult saw its spread among the people of North India as it was reeling under the dominance of Islam. The Bhakti Saints began to take their ideas with them during their travels across India.

Many Bhakti proponents took the ideals from various religions, especially Islam, which was not accepted by other groups of Bhakti saints, who do not want any new inclusions from other religions.

Some of the important proponents of the Bhakti movement in North India had been discussed below.

1. Ramananda:

Ramananda was born in Allahabad and was inspired by Ramanuja, who was the greatest exponent of Vishishtadvaita. Ramananda was instrumental in the spread of the Bhakti movement in India.
He was the first person to spread the ideals of Bhakti in Vernacular language, which took the ideals to common people.

He was a social reformer who opposed the caste system and took his disciples from various castes.

2. Vallabhacharya:

He belongs to the Vaishnava sect in Andhra, who played a pivotal role in spreading the tenets of Vaishnavism in the North and the Western Part of India.

Vallabhacharya

He established his philosophy called the “Pushtimarg” in the $$16^t$$$$^h$$ Century. He also went on to build a temple for Lord Krishna in Mathura.
Surdas: He was a poet, philosopher and musician born as blind in a Brahmin family. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He took his lessons under the great sage Vallabhacharya. Surdas also wrote poems named “Sur Sagar”, meaning the “Ocean of Melody”.
He was a Bhakti Saint of Maharashtra who belonged to the $$17^t$$$$^h$$ century and was believed to be a contemporary of Shivaji Maharaj. He was also known as “Sant Tukaram or Bhakta Tukaram”.