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Jayadeva is a uniquely celebrated Sanskrit poet of 12th/13th-century Bengal and the hallmark of medieval creativity in the language. His song-poem Gītagovinda has been so celebrated, especially in the eastern zone of the subcontinent, as to spawn a multitude of claims about his Maithili, Oriya, or Assamese origins. All of the available evidence points, however, to his service at the court of Lakṣmaṇasena …

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Knutson, Jesse, “Jayadeva”, 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 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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