ISBN 9789350022054,The Bhakti Movement: Renaissance or Revivalism?

The Bhakti Movement: Renaissance or Revivalism?


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Aakar Books

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789350022054

ISBN-10 9350022052

Hard Back

Number of Pages 274 Pages
Language (English)


This is a comprehensive survey of the Bhakti movement as it sprang in South India to spread across the subcontinent in independent and multifarious manifestations yet marked with amazing commonalities. Spanning a period of 11 centuries starting from the 6th ce, the movement encompassed in its sweep a vast range of dimensions; social, political, economic, religious, cultural, linguistic, ethical and philosophical. Among the multifarious movements which contributed to the formation of India and its culture, the Bhakti was undoubtedly the most pervasive and persistent, says the author. Besides its sweep and depth, what proved most remarkable about the movement was that it arose almost everywhere from the masses who belonged to the lowest class and castes.