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Author Bhatia, Varuni, 1975- author

Title Unforgetting Chaitanya : Vaishnavism and cultures of devotion in colonial Bengal / Varuni Bhatia
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 291 pages)
Contents Religion in decline in an age of progress -- Untidy realms -- A Swadeshi Chaitanya -- Recovering Bishnupriya's loss -- Utopia and a birthplace
Summary In Unforgetting Chaitanya, Varuni Bhatia examines late-nineteenth-century transformations of Vaishnavism--a vibrant and multifaceted religious tradition emanating from the Krishna devotee Chaitnaya (1486-1533)-in Bengal. Drawing on an extensive body of hitherto unexamined archival material, Bhatia finds that both Vaishnava modernizers and secular voices among the educated middle-class invoked Chaitanya, portraying him simultaneously as a local hero, a Hindu reformer, and as God almighty. She argues that these claims should be understood in relation to efforts to recover a ""pure"" Bengali cult
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 09, 2017)
Subject Chaitanya, 1486-1534
Chaitanya, 1486-1534.
Vaishnavism -- India -- Bengal -- History
Vaishnavism -- India -- West Bengal -- History
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
India -- Bengal.
India -- West Bengal.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017025295
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