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Female saints made significant contributions to the Bhakti movement, challenging gender norms, advocating for social reform, and serving as role models for spiritual devotion and equality. Discuss.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Female saints made significant contributions to the Bhakti movement, challenging gender norms, advocating for social reform, and serving as role models for spiritual devotion and equality. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about origins of Bhakti movement and contributions by female bhakti saints.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining bhakti movement of medieval in India.

Body:

Write about the role played by female Bhakti saints like – Mira Bai, Lal Ded, Akka Mahadevi etc in the Bhakti movement. Write about their contributions.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning the impact of Bhakti movement.