The 19th century saw a rediscovery of many sacred texts that contributed to the construction of Hinduism as a monolith. The process of reducing morality to texuality saw the wholesale standardization of very vibrant, dynamic and diverse religious practices. Historically the religious beliefs and practices of the Hindus were too divergent to constitute a coherent. monolith religious system. A historical gaze at Hinduism clearly points out that to view this, as a single religious system is not correct and a distortion of the heterogeneous religious practices of its people. Throughout history alternate spaces have been created and Bhakti was one such medium. The present book is an attempt to explore this movement in its different dimensions in various regions of India. It also highlights the attitude of the male Bhaktas to women and the creation of an alternative space by the women. Using a variety of sources inscriptions, and literary texts the author has traced the growth and development of the Bhakti movement and shown how the ideologies, social bases and organizational structures in different parts of the country have given a distinct shape to this movement. This is a valuable text for the undergraduate and postgraduate students. This book would be a useful supplement to scholars working on the social and religious history of medieval India. Scholar of religious studies, sociology and women's studies would find this book of general interest in order to understand the religious traditions of South Asia in all its diversity.
Dr. Pande also works in the area Women's Studies. She is the author of books (with Subhash Joshi), Gender Issue the Police (2000) S.V.P. National P Academy, Hyderabad, Child Labour in Beedi Industry (1998). She is also the edit International Feminist Journal of Politics, I Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, U Women's Studies Dr. Pande has publish large number of articles in National International Journals on Women and W Child Labour, Women's Movement, Viole and Women and Globalization. She has b the Project Director of Fifteen Projects and consultancies. She has delivered lecture Universities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nig Uganda, Australia, Japan, China, Mala Singapore, Taipei, UK and USA. She is the recipient of the International Vis Fellowship, University of Bristol, UK.
Throughout history alternate spaces have been created and Bhakti was one such effective medium. It was only in the 19th century that a monolith definition of Hinduism was given basing on textual constructions. The British perception of Hinduism was from the point of view of Christianity.
The 19th century saw a rediscovery of many sacred texts that contributed to the construction of Hinduism as a monolith.
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Children’s Books (40)
Brahma Sutras (86)
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