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Multiple Uses of the Term

The term bhāgavata means “related to Bhagavant” and “devotee of Bhagavant” when applied to persons. Bhagavant could designate divine beings such as the god Viṣṇu, his aspects (such as Nārāyaṇa and Kṛṣṇa), Śiva, or the Buddha, and distin…

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Colas, Gérard, “Bhāgavatas”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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