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List of Religious Cults and Movements of Medieval India

Sep 6, 2018 15:20 IST
    List of Religious Cults and Movements of Medieval India

    India is a birthplace of various religions, creeds and faiths. Religion has played an important role in the lives of the Indian people from the earliest time. But religion in India has never been static; various movements have developed with new ideas and in response to evolving socio-economics situations.

    The social, political, cultural and religious Movements that emerged in various parts of India during medieval times tried to ties the people together with a harmonious cord. The religious movement of Medieval India had tremendous impact on the literature and language of the country. Rulers like Akbar was greatly influenced by the Bhakti and Sufi Philosophers, which made him to follow a secular stand in the area of religion.

    Religious Cults and Movements of Medieval India




    1190  AD

    Chishti Movement (Sufi)

    Muinuddin Chishti

    1250 AD

    Suharavardi Silsila (Sufi)

    Bahauddin Zacharia

    14th Century AD

    Firdausia Cult (Sufi)

    Serfuddin Yahya

    15th Century AD

    Dharmadasi Cult

    Saint Kabir Das

    15th Century AD

    Mahadevi movement

    Sayyad Mohammad Mahadi

    15th Century AD

    Shattari Cult (Sufi)

    Abdulla Sattari

    1500 AD

    Qadiri a Silsila

    Sheikh Abdul Qadir

    16th Century AD

    Nipakh Movement

    Dadu Dayal

    16th Century AD

    Sikh Movement

    Guru Nanak

    16th Century AD

    Hari Kirtan Mandali


    16th Century AD

    Roshania Movement

    Mian Bajid Ansari

    16th Century AD

    Pushti Marg


    16th Century AD

    Barkari Sect


    17th Century AD

    Naqsh Bandi Silsila

    Khwaja Baki Villah

    17th Century AD

    Dharkari Sect

    Ram Das

    The Sufi and Bhakti Movements brought a new form of religious expression amongst Muslims and Hindus. The Sufis were mystics who called for liberalism in Islam. They emphasised on an egalitarian society based on universal love. The Bhakti saints transformed Hinduism by introducing devotion or bhakti as the means to attain God. For them caste had no meaning and all human beings were equal. The Sufi and Bhakti saints played an important role in bringing the Muslims and Hindus together.

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