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Chaitanya: A Life and Legacy

Amiya P. Sen (Author)

A saint, a reformer, an avatar of Lord Krishna—Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1533) is perceived as all these and many others. In this book on Chaitanya, Amiya P. Sen focuses on the discourses surrounding the mystic’s life, which ended rather mysteriously at the age of 48.

Written in a lucid manner and for a wider audience, this book is a fresh attempt to historically reconstruct Chaitanya’s life and times in Bengal and Odisha, as well as Vrindavan, the key centre of medieval Vaishnavism in north India. This work critically evaluates how Chaitanya has been understood contemporaneously and posthumously, particularly as an icon in colonial Bengal. Addressing an important gap in scholarship, which hitherto concentrated on religious and philosophical discourses, Sen offers a full-length biographical account of Nimai or Gaur by drawing on a wide range of sources in English and Bengali. He also argues against the belief that Chaitanya is the sole proponent of Vaishnava bhakti in Bengal, choosing to situate him in the wider devotional cultures of the region.

Contents: Preface. 1 Introduction. 2 Sources on the Life of Chaitanya. 3 The Life and Times of Krishna Chaitanya. 4 Chaitanya’s Companions, Associates, Devotees, and Followers. 5 Chaitanya in His Times and in Ours. Appendices. Annotated Bibliography. Index.

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Bibliographic information

Title Chaitanya: A Life and Legacy
Author Amiya P. Sen
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.04.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199493838
length 240p.
Subjects History