"He is a real VAISHNAV, who feels others agony and obliges one and all without least pride in his heart." This motto of Narsi Mehta was remembered in morning prayers of Mahatma Gandhi and his followers. After 500 years, the spirit of Narsi Mehta was re-born in Mahatma Gandhi.
Narsi was poor mute boy, born in Brahmin family of Junagadh (Saurashtra) in 15th century. From very childhood he had great leaning towards 'Shadhus' and was fond of attending 'Kirtans'. Once he came in contact of a saint, and by the blessings of the saint Narsi obtained the power of speech-and thus from the childhood, he become great devotee of God.
Narsi' grandmother and elder brother were not in favour of his association with Sadhus and his leanings towards 'Bhakti', therefore they arranged his marriage with Manik Mehti, and after some years Narsi became a father of a son and a daughter. But during all these years Narsi's inclination towards Bhakti was unchanged. His Bhabhi (brother's wife) became envious because of his fruitless activities, and started taunting and harassing him, his wife, son and daughter. Sarangdhar (the brother of Narsi's Bhabhi) employed malacious tactics and ultimately succeeded in separating Narsi and his family for his brother.
Narsi Mehta who was a great devotee, and for whose honour God performed miracles on the occasions of his grandmother's death ceremony (Shradh-Tehri) and 'Mamera' (Bhat) of his granddaughter's marriage; was a believer in equality of rights for every human being. He could not see merciless and inhuman treatment of priests and Brahmins towards 'Untouchables'. He opposed vehemently the cast other and rude behaviour of high placed people of the society. Sarangdhar all the while was instigating the citizens and was gathering hooligans against him. Thus Narsi became the torch-bearer of social revolution.
Mandlik-the king of Junagadh-called Narsi in his court and asked him to sing 'Kedar Raag'. Narsi could not do so, as he had mortgaged the same with someone. Mandlik ordered his imprisonment and a miracle took place. Sarangdhar represented to the king that Narsi has obtained black powers and it is he who has done this......... However, God Almighty came to the rescue of his great devotee, and Narsi was able to establish himself as the True Devotee of God.
(From the official press booklet)