Vaiṣṇava Saṃhitās
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In this article the expression “Vaiṣṇava Saṃhitās” refers to the Vaiṣṇava manuals that lay down rules for private, domestic, and temple worship, guide theological and theogonic meditation, and so on. Though Vaiṣṇavism includes all the religious movements that advocate Viṣṇu or one of his manifestations as the main god, this article will be confined to the Saṃhitās of the Pāñcarātra and Vaikhānasa Vaiṣṇava traditions. Vaiṣṇava Saṃhitās are also…

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Gérard Colas, “Vaiṣṇava Saṃhitās”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2020090>
First published online: 2012



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