In Whose Turban Does the Lord Reside?: The Objectification of Charisma and the Fetishism of Objects in the Hindu Kingdom of Kota

@article{Peabody1991InWT,
  title={In Whose Turban Does the Lord Reside?: The Objectification of Charisma and the Fetishism of Objects in the Hindu Kingdom of Kota},
  author={N. Peabody},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  year={1991},
  volume={33},
  pages={726-754}
}
  • N. Peabody
  • Published 1991
  • Art
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
The shiny, black stone statue of Shri Nathji that today resides in the busy pilgrimage town of Nathdvara (Rajasthan, India) is the preeminent image of the Vaisnava sect of the Vallabha Sampradaya. Like all statues in the sect, the image is an anthropomorphic manifestation of Krishna, the sect's paramount deity (see Plate 1). More than simply representing Krishna, Vallabhite statues are believed to contain this deity's "immanent presence" and to possess (and emanate) his mystical powers.' In… Expand
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