|Table of contents|
|15th & 16th Centuries Religious Movements|
|The Sufi Movement|
|The Chishti and Suharwardi Silsilahs|
|The Bhakti Movement|
|The Vaishnavite Movement|
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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.
Mystics, who are called Sufis, had risen in Islam at a very early stage these saints wanted to have nothing to do with the state- a tradition which continued later on.
Of the bashara movements, only two acquired significant influence and following in north India during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. These were the Chisti and Suharwardi silsilahs.
Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti
Nizamuddin Auliya was an unparalleled Sufi of his time amongst all the existing Sufi orders of that time. Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag-e-Delhi (or Chiragh-e-Delhi) was a prominent saint of the Chishti Order.
The Bhakti movement refers to the trend that was brought forward by a number of Hindu saints in medieval Hinduism that sought to bring religious reforms by adopting the method of devotion to achieve salvation.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469–1539), the founder of Sikhism, was born in the village of Talwandi.
Apart from the non-sectarian movement led by Kabir and Nanak, the Bhakti L movement in north India developed around the worship of Rama and Krishna, two of the incarnations of the god Vishnu.