Replicating Vaiṣṇava worlds: organizing devotional space through the architectonics of the maṇḍala

  title={Replicating Vaiṣṇava worlds: organizing devotional space through the architectonics of the maṇḍala},
  author={T. Stewart},
  journal={South Asian History and Culture},
  pages={300 - 336}
  • T. Stewart
  • Published 21 March 2011
  • Sociology
  • South Asian History and Culture
The community in Bengal, Orissa and Braj that coalesced around Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486–1533) identified themselves as part of his maṇḍalī, as these Vaiṣṇava communities today are called. Devotees saw Caitanya as Kṛṣṇa, svayaṃ bhagavān, who appeared replete with his dhāma, his entire entourage and environment. Consequently, every historical devotee was identified with one of Kṛṣṇa's entourage in the mythical ancient time of Kṛṣṇa's life. To organize these relations, individuals were mapped onto a… 
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