Unforgetting Chaitanya : Vaishnavism and cultures of devotion in colonial Bengal / Varuni Bhatia
- Bhatia, Varuni, 1975-
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Machine generated contents note: 1.A Religion in Decline in an Age of Progress -- 2.Untidy Realms -- 3.A Swadeshi Chaitanya -- 4.Recovering Bishnupriya's Loss -- 5.Utopia and a Birthplace.
- Varuni Bhatia examines late-19th-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 modernisers 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 culture and history at a time of rising anti-colonial sentiment.
- 9780190686277 (ebook)
- Audience Notes:
- Previously issued in print: 2017.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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