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Rūpa Gosvāmī
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Rūpa Gosvāmī was one of the principal disciples of Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and an important 16th-century theologian of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava school; he developed an elaborate avatāra theology as well as a sophisticated theology of religious emotion. Born in Bengal, he spent most of his life in Vraja (now Braj), where he was instrumental in the (re)development of the area as a place of pilgrimage. He wrote works o…

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Lutjeharms, Rembert, “Rūpa Gosvāmī”, 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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