Mahipati (b. 1715 in Tharabad, India d. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country 1790) was an author who wrote in Marāthi biographies of a few prominent religious figures who had lived between the 13th and the 17th centuries in Mahārāshtra, India. Marathi (mr मराठी Marāṭhī) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Marathi people of what is considered western India. Maharashtra ( Marathi: mahārāṣṭra, IPA) is a state located on the western coast of India. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country
He was a "Deshastha Brāhmin" by birth, and worked for some time as a scribe/record keeper for the local government of the town of Tharabad in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. WikipediaWikiProject Indian cities for details --> Ahmednagar (Marathi/Hindi अहमदनगर Urdu عحمدناگار is a city of Ahmednagar District
There is a legend about Mahipati which runs thus:
One day, outside his working hours, his superior sent a messenger to his house to ask him to come to the superior's office immediately for some urgent official business. When the messenger arrived at his house, Mahipati was engaged in the worship of God, and asked the messenger to take back a message that he would be coming to the superior's office as soon as he was done with his worship. The messenger insisted, however, that Mahipati should come with him right away. Very reluctantly, Mahipati cut short his worship, accompanied the messenger to the superior's office, finished the urgent business, and let the superior know that he no longer wanted to stay in the secular job and that he preferred to use his pen thenceforth exclusively for writing religious material. Soon after that, Mahipati received one night in his dream both a mantra and a command from the departed spirit of Sant Tukārām to write the life stories of some past prominent religious figures in Maharashtra. A mantra ( Devanāgarī मन्त्र (or mantram is a religious or mystical syllable or poem typically from the Sanskrit language Accordingly, Mahipati put together his noteworthy biographical book BhaktaVijay in Marathi. He also wrote another book titled BhaktaLeelāmrut.
An English translation of Mahipati's BhaktaVijay was published under the provisions of the will of the late Dr Justin E. Abbott.