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Mahābhārata V: Bhakti and Contemporary Hinduism

This course is the fifth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata.

The Mahābhārata is the founding text of classical Hinduism: here, we find fully enunciated for the first time, central ideas of temple worship such as the theology of the Goddess, the Trimūrti, avatāra and the four vyūhas, and arcana. Besides the Mahābhārata’s influence on temple worship, we will look at several other textual connections: especially with the Brahmasūtras, Advaita and Viśiṣṭādvaita texts, and the Bhāgavatapurāṇa.

 

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Course Code: TAT 7206

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

This course is the fifth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata.

The Mahābhārata is the founding text of classical Hinduism: here, we find fully enunciated for the first time, central ideas of temple worship such as the theology of the Goddess, the Trimūrti, avatāra and the four vyūhas, and arcana. Besides the Mahābhārata’s influence on temple worship, we will look at several other textual connections: especially with the Brahmasūtras, Advaita and Viśiṣṭādvaita texts, and the Bhāgavatapurāṇa.

 

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Description

This module covers the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the Pañcarātra tradition, which links the Mahābhārata with Āgama texts and temple worship. The literary tradition including poets such as Bhāsa, Kalidāsa, Rājaśekhara as well as the aesthetic tradition of Abhinavagupta will be covered. This module will also explore the popular reception of the epic through performing arts, retellings, and dramatic adaptations.

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Completed Orientation to Hindu Studies

Instructor:Dr. Joydeep Bagchee Dr. Vishwa Adluri

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