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GṛhasthaThe Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture$
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Patrick Olivelle

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190696153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190696153.001.0001

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The Gṛhastha in the Mahābhārata

The Gṛhastha in the Mahābhārata

(p.173) 10 The Gṛhastha in the Mahābhārata

Adam Bowles

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a survey of terms and concepts related to the householder in the Mahābhārata. It gives a statistical overview of the key terms and provides an account of their relational contexts, especially in their juxtaposition to the wandering mendicant, and their positioning in various versions of āśrama systems. It also highlights the prominence given to the king as the maximal householder, particularly with respect to Yudhiṣṭhira. Finally, it offers some considerations to account for the diversity of the Mahābhārata’s presentation of the householder.

Keywords:   Chapter, gṛhastha, householder, Mahābhārata, āśrama, dharma, renouncer, kingship

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