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Śvetāmbara Jain Devotional Literature in Gujarati
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Jain authors were instrumental in the development of Gujarati bhakti literature. Bhakti refers to those religious practices that center on devotional and emotional responses to the central figures of a religious tradition. In the case of the Jains, these include the Jinas, other liberated and nonliberated Jain holy figures, nonliberated deities, and even the doctrines of Jainism. Jains have fully participated in bhakti devot…

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Kelting, M. Whitney and Cort, John E., “Śvetāmbara Jain Devotional Literature in Gujarati”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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