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Rise of a Folk God: Vitthal of Pandharpur

Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere


Viṭṭhal, also called Viṭhobā, is the most popular god in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and the best-known Hindu god of that region outside of India. This book, presented here in English translation, is the foremost study of the history of Viṭṭhal, his worship, and his worshipers. First published in Marathi in 1984, this work remains the most thorough and insightful work on Viṭṭhal and his cult in any language, and provides an exemplary model for understanding the history and morphology of lived Hinduism. Viṭṭhal exemplifies the synthesis of Vaiṣṇava and Śaiva elements that not only ... More

Keywords: Maharashtra, Hinduism, India, Andhra Pradesh, Sanskrit, Vedas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199777594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere, author