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Tulsidas (Hindi pronunciation: [tʊlsiːdaːs]; born Rambola Dubey; also known as Goswami Tulsidas;[3] c.1511[4]–1623) was a Ramanandi Vaishnava Hindu saint and poet, renowned for his devotion to the deity Rama. He wrote several popular works in Sanskrit and Awadhi, but is best known as the author of the Hanuman Chalisa and of the epic Ramcharitmanas, a retelling of the Sanskrit Ramayana based on Rama's life in the vernacular Awadhi.

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Tulsidas composing the Ramcharitamanas
Rambola Dubey

c. 1511
As many as three places are mentioned as his birthplace, most scholars identify the place with Rajapur, a town of Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Died1623(1623-00-00) (aged 111–112)[citation needed]
Assi Ghat, Benares, Oudh Subah, Mughal Empire (present-day Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India)
  • Aatmaram Dubey (father)
  • Hulsi Dubey (mother)
SectRamanandi Sampradaya
Religious career
Literary worksRamcharitmanas, Vinaya Patrika, Geetawali, Dohavali, Sahitya Ratna, Hanuman Chalisa, Vairagya Sandipani, Janaki Mangal, Parvati Mangal, and others
HonorsGosvāmī, Sant, Abhinavavālmīki, Bhaktaśiromaṇi

I bow down to the whole world by folding both hands, considering all of it to be a manifestation of Sita and Rama. [Note - Siyaramamay means to be manifest of Sita and Rama. It does not mean to be born of Sita and Rama.[1][2]]

Tulsidas spent most of his life in the city of Varanasi and Ayodhya.[5] The Tulsi Ghat on the Ganges River in Varanasi is named after him.[3] He founded the Sankatmochan Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Varanasi, believed to stand at the place where he had the sight of the deity.[6] Tulsidas started the Ramlila plays, a folk-theatre adaptation of the Ramayana.[7]

He has been acclaimed as one of the greatest poets in Hindi, Indian, and world literature.[8][9][10][11] The impact of Tulsidas and his works on the art, culture and society in India is widespread and is seen to date in vernacular language, Ramlila plays, Hindustani classical music, popular music, and television series.[7][12][13][14][15][16]