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Pahari Paintings of the Gita Govinda

Usha Bhatia (Editor)
Synopsis In the history of Vaishnavism the Bhagavata Purana exercised a profound influence on the development of the Bhakti cult in mediaeval India as its doctrines proved a turning point in religious thought. The Bhagavata concentrated upon the boyhood and youth of Krishna around whom the Purana weaves its theories of personal devotion. Although Radha, whose enchanting figure flitting through the lilting songs of Jayadeva, is absent in the Bhagavata, the gopis figure prominently merging their personality with that of Krishna. The utter self-effacement with which they pour out their love, becomes the accepted symbol in Vaishnavism for the soul’s yearning for God. The eternal sports of the Lord in an imaginary Vrindavana are regarded by his devotees as a stepping stone for the realisation of godhood. The supreme message of the Bhagavata is passionate love for the beloved which transforms bare sex impulses into ecstatic religious fervour.
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About the author

Usha Bhatia

Being the editor of the National Lalit Kala Akademi from 1980 to 2006, Usha Bhatia carried out the editorial responsibilities and edited number of publications which included journals, books, monographs and portfolio series. She contributed by writing text of some of these publications. After finishing her term at the Akademi, she joined the Harmony Art Foundation where she is working as the Research Director.

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Title Pahari Paintings of the Gita Govinda
Author Usha Bhatia
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Lalit Kala Akademi
Language: English
isbn 8187507055
length 4p., VI Plates; Bibloiography; 37cm.