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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 distinguished pe…

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Colas, Gérard, “Bhāgavatas”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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