From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Lāldāsīs literally means ‘followers of Lāldās’.

One of the religious sects thrown up by the Bhakti Movement is that of Lāldās who lived in the latter half of the 16th century CE 1647. He belonged to the Meo caste who are robbers by profession. He was born in Alwar of Rajasthan. He was deeply influenced by Kabīr (CE 1440-1518) and Dādu (CE 1544-1603). His sayings and songs which are composed as a work are known as ‘Bāni.

Lāldāsīs are his followers. They lay great stress on the repetition of Rāmnām[1] as the only sādhana or spiritual practice.


  1. It means Lord Rāma’s name.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore