Sant Janabai was one of the great woman Sants during the medieval bhakti movement in the present day Maharashtra. Janabai was born in 1260 AD in a poor family. Her father, Dama, had a dream in which he was asked to take his daughter to Damaseti, father of Sant Namdev.
At the house of Sant Namdev, Janabai became a devotee of Lord Vitthal.
It is said that whenever she stopped her household work out of tiredness, Lord Vitthal completed it for her.
Once, Janabai was accused of stealing the ornaments and shawl of Lord Vitthal. When people tried to impale her on a spear, the spear dissolved into water.
The devotional songs written by her are very popular. She also wrote devotional songs in praise of Sant Namdev and Cokamela.