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Unforgetting Chaitanya: Vaishnavism and Cultures of Devotion in Colonial Bengal

Varuni Bhatia


What role do premodern religious traditions play in the formation of modern secular identities? What relationship exists between regional devotional cultures, key bhakti figures, and anticolonial nationalism in South Asia? What are some of the multiple sites of forgetting and unforgetting that determine how we receive iconic historical figures in the present? Unforgetting Chaitanya addresses these questions by examining late nineteenth-century transformations of Vaishnavism in Bengal—a religious tradition emanating from the figure of Krishna Chaitanya (1486–1533), and articulated in this regio ... More

Keywords: Chaitanya, Bengali Vaishnavism, Neo-Vaishnavism, colonialism and religion, Swadeshi, literary history—Bengali, Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinoda, Sishir Kumar Ghosh, Dinesh Chandra Sen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190686246
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190686246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Varuni Bhatia, author
Assistant Professor of Hindu and South Asian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor