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acintya-bhedābheda

acintya-bhedābheda  

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In Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism the characterization of the relationship between the devotee and the Lord (Kṛṣṇa), reflecting that between Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, a stance associated with the 18th century Vedāntin ...
Acyuta

Acyuta  

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Name of Viṣṇu (and Kṛṣṇa). Epithet of Yudhiṣṭhira.
adharma

adharma  

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(Skt.).In Hinduism, the opposite of dharma, synonym of pāpa: evil, sin, what is not right or natural, or according to śāstras.Adharma is personified in Hindu mythology as the ...
Ahmadis

Ahmadis  

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Controversial messianic movement founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian, Punjab (British-controlled India), in 1889. Founder claimed to be a “nonlegislating” prophet (thus not in opposition to the ...
Akrūra

Akrūra  

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In the Mahābhārata the name of Kṛṣṇa's paternal uncle, one of the Vṛṣṇi generals who dies in the final battle.
Āḻvārs

Āḻvārs  

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6th–9th centuries ce)The name given to twelve South Indian poet-saints, whose works, and the personal experience of God that they evoked, were highly influential in the development and practice of ...
Amairgin

Amairgin  

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[Ir., wondrously born].Name borne by several figures in early Ireland, in myth and saga as well as in the genealogies of such families as the O'Moores of Laois. The two best-known figures bearing ...
Aniruddha

Aniruddha  

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1 The son of Pradyumna, and therefore Kṛṣṇa's grandson. He is one of the five heroes of the Vṛṣṇi clan. The story of how Uṣā fell in love with Aniruddha after seeing him in a dream, and how they ...
Āṇṭāḷ

Āṇṭāḷ  

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9th century ce)Āṇṭāḷ is the one woman among the twelve South Indian poet-saints, the Āḻvārs. She is said to have been the adopted daughter of Periyāḻvār, a brahmin priest at the temple of ...
Anugītā

Anugītā  

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Part of the Āśvamedhikaparvan of the Mahābhārata, containing an address by Kṛṣṇa to Arjuna, supposedly based on their earlier discourse in the Bhagavadgītā, but, on the grounds of style and ...
Aranrhod

Aranrhod  

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The daughter of the Welsh Mother Goddess Don, Aranrhod was the sister of Gwydion. The best-known story of Aranrhod has to do with Gwydion and Math, son of Mathonwy, who ...
Ardhanārī

Ardhanārī  

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(Skt., ‘half-female’).The androgynous form of a Hindu deity, especially of Śiva as Ardanārīśvara, ‘Hermaphrodite Lord’. In painting or sculpture, the ardhanārī is represented with the left side of ...
Arjuna

Arjuna  

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A Kshatriya prince in the Mahabharata, one of the two main characters in the Bhagavadgita, the charioteer to whom Krishna gives counsel during the battle.
Aśvatthāman

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A protagonist in several key episodes in the Mahābhārata. The son of Droṇa, and so a brahmin warrior, he fights for the Kaurava faction in the battle against the Pāṇḍavas. When his father dies as a ...
avatar

avatar  

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In Hindu belief, a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher. The word comes from Sanskrit avatāra ‘descent’.
Avatars of Viṣṇu

Avatars of Viṣṇu  

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The god Viṣṇu (see Viṣṇu) assumes various earthly forms in Hindu mythology (see Hinduism entries) in order to restore cosmic order. The first avatar was the great horned fish who saved Manu, the ...
Bahiṇābāī

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(c.1628–c.1700)A Vaiṣṇava poet-saint from Maharashtra. She left an autobiography (Ātmanivedana) in Marathi verse from which we learn that she was married at six or seven to a violent brahmin widower ...
Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Bal Gangadhar Tilak  

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(1856–1920)A Maharastrian brahmin who became one of the chief political agitators on behalf of Hindu Nationalism and a swift end to British rule. He propagated his views through the editorship of ...
Baladeva

Baladeva  

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1 See Balarāma.2 (18th century ce) The founder of a Vedānta sampradāya. His Govindabhāṣya belongs to the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava tradition; it characterizes the relationship between the devotee and Kṛṣṇa as ...
Balāhaka

Balāhaka  

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The name of one of Kṛṣṇa's chariot horses.

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