Aurangzeb as Iconoclast? Vaishnava Accounts of the Krishna images’ Exodus from Braj

@article{Pauwels2018AurangzebAI,
  title={Aurangzeb as Iconoclast? Vaishnava Accounts of the Krishna images’ Exodus from Braj},
  author={Heidi Rika Maria Pauwels and Emilia Bachrach},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  year={2018},
  volume={28},
  pages={485 - 508}
}
Abstract This paper studies how Brajbhāṣā Vaishnava narratives describe the role the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb played in the displacement of Krishna images from the Braj heartland in the 1660s and 1670s. While contemporary discourse frequently suggests that the emperor was a villain persecuting beloved Hindu deities, who in turn are victims forcibly moved from their original homeland, the early-modern vernacular narratives we consider here perceive these peregrinations in rather more complex… Expand
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