Namdev was heavily influenced by Vaishnavism and was well-known in India for his bhajan-kirtans, or songs of worship that are set to music. Today, his legacy is remembered by those in the Vakari tradition who walk en masse during biannual pilgrimages to south Maharashtra, India.
Although Namdev eventually had four children, his marriage was unhappy. Namdev was inspired and influenced by Jnanadev, the bkakti poet-saint, to travel and embark on the life of a spiritual devotee. When he was in his fifties, he did settle down again with a group of devotees.
The Vitthala cult, which Namdev was devoted to, was considered a pastoral sect, distinctive in its bhakti, or devotional, attitude. Like many of the poets and saints of the bhakti tradition, Namdev is also highly regarded by the later Sikh religion, as the devotional poetry is in a style consistent with their belief system. Many Sikhs consider Namdev a holy man, or bhagat, who came from lower castes and, as such, also became a symbol of social reform.