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Rāmakrishna
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(Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahaṃsa, birth name Gadadhar Chattopadhyay; Feb 18, 1836, Kamarpukur, India – Aug 16, 1886, Calcutta), is considered the most important holy figure of Hinduism in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1847 Rāmakrishna, who was born into a rural Bengal Brahman family, came to Dakshineshvar where he served as a Kālī priest from 1856 and was taught Vedānta by the ascetic Totāpurī. His ecstatic worship and mystical show of the goddess Kālī became widely known and, from the 1870s on, attracted primarily young Calcut…

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Harder, Hans, “Rāmakrishna”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024812>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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