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State the core principles of Bhakti movement that defied the existing social system and values. What impact did Kabir and Nanak leave on Indian society and culture? Discuss.

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

2. State the core principles of Bhakti movement that defied the existing social system and values. What impact did Kabir and Nanak leave on Indian society and culture? Discuss.  (250 words)

Reference:  Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania

Why the question:

Question is premised on the theme of Bhakti movement and its contributions in defying the existing social system and values.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail core principles of Bhakti movement that defied the existing social system and values. Also bring out the contributions of Kabir and Nanak.

Directive:

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

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Discuss what Bhakti movement is.

Body:

The most important social impact of the Bhakti movement was that the followers of the Bhakti movement rejected the caste distinction. They began to mix together on the basis of equality. They took their meals together from the common kitchen. The movement tried to loosen the bond of caste.

Explain the contributions it made in doing away with then defined social system and its values.

Discuss the contributions of the two – Kabir Das is the first Indian saint who has coordinated the Hinduism and Islam by giving a universal path which could be followed by both Hindus and Muslims, He always rejected murti pujan of Hinduism and shown the clear confidence in bhakti and Sufi ideas.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance.