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Urban Hinduism

Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-06-27

Urban HinduismIntroductionThe study of urban Hinduism was long hampered by a persistent trope: the “real” India, and by extension “real” Hinduism, exi...


Ute Hüsken

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2018-04-26

VaikhānasaIntroductionVaikhānasas are a Brahmin community in south India. Many male members of this group still serve as hereditary priests in both la...


ShashiPrabha Kumar

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-01-11

VaiśeṣikaIntroductionVaiśeṣika is one of the six major schools of Hindu philosophy. The system is unique in the sense that it is more focused on the i...

Vaiṣṇava Pāñcarātra

Marion Rastelli

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

Vaiṣṇava PāñcarātraIntroductionThe Pāñcarātra is a Hindu tradition that worships Viṣṇu as the supreme god. Its origins date back to the pre-Christian ...


Shandip Saha

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2015-11-30

Vallabha Introduction Vallabha or Vallabhācārya (b. 1479–d. 1531) was the founder of the theistic school of Vedānta known as Pure Non-Dualism ...


Aditya Malik, Chandan Bose, Tuhina Ganguly

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-05-24

VarkarisIntroductionVarkari can refer to an individual or group who undertakes a pilgrimage to the temple of Lord Vithoba or Vitthala in the town of P...


Vishwa Adluri

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Vedānta Introduction Indian philosophy (darśana) is traditionally classified into two main groups: orthodox or āstika systems, which accept t...

Vedas, The

Michael Witzel

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2015-03-30

The Vedas Introduction The four Vedas are the earliest Indian texts composed orally in archaic Sanskrit during the late Bronze and early Iron ...

Vedic Agni

Herman Tull

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-06-30

Vedic Agni Introduction Agni is the Sanskrit word for “fire,” derived from an Indo-European root and related etymologically to the Latin ignis

Vedic Oral Tradition

Finnian M.M. Gerety

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-06-27

Vedic Oral TraditionIntroduction“Vedic oral tradition” is a broad rubric for traditions of recitation and ritual connected to India’s oldest Sanskrit ...


R. Blake Michael

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2015-05-29

Virashaivism Introduction As ardent devotees of Lord Shiva, the Virashaivas’ very name means “heroic” or “firm” worshippers of Shiva. They alw...


Sucharita Adluri

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-08-26

Vishnu Introduction Vishnu (Skt. Viṣṇu) is one of the great gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose earliest mention is in the Vedas. As an ally of ...


Douglas McGetchin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

VivekanandaIntroductionNarendranath Datta, later known as Swami Vivekananda (b. 1863–d. 1902), was a Hindu missionary who traveled extensively in the ...


Vinay Kumar Gupta

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2021-02-24

Vraja/BrajIntroductionVraja is an old Sanskrit word that is now used to denote “Braj,” or the Braj region. Vraja/Braj/Brij presently denotes a particu...


Edeltraud Harzer

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2019-07-31

VrātyasIntroductionAttempts to identify, locate, and generally clarify the name “Vrātya,” as well as their social and religious role and localization,...

Women in Hinduism

Perundevi Srinivasan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Women in HinduismIntroductionThis article attempts to map scholarly resources on the status, roles, and representations of women in Hinduism. The hist...


Ron Geaves

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2018-08-28

YamunāIntroductionYamunā is both a major river of northern India containing significant pilgrimage sites and an ancient goddess who personifies the ri...


David Gordon White

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Yoga Introduction The Sanskrit term yoga is first encountered in the Vedas, where it refers to the act of yoking, the animal so yoked, and th...

Yogananda, Paramahansa

Anya Foxen

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2022-11-29

Paramahansa YoganandaIntroductionParamahansa Yogananda (b. 1893–d. 1952), born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was a teacher and popularizer of yoga and Hindu spir...


Shaman Hatley

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2020-03-25

YoginīsIntroductionGoddesses known as yoginīs (feminine of the Sanskrit yogin, “practitioner of yoga” or “possessed of yoga”) were prominent in the es...

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