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Seeing KrishnaThe Religious World of a Brahmin Family in Vrindaban$
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Margaret H. Case

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130102.001.0001

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Govindadeva Temple A Festival of Devotion

Govindadeva Temple A Festival of Devotion

(p.98) Six Govindadeva Temple A Festival of Devotion
Seeing Krishna

Margaret H. Case

Oxford University Press

The Govindala temple was completed in 1590. It was said to be the largest single building serving as a Hindu temple in all India. Its outstanding feature was the large interior vaulted space, suitable for the devotional kīrtana and performance of rāsalīlās that were part of Caitanyaite practice. Govindavela's temple in Jaipur looks in many ways like the audience hall of a ruler of the Mughal period. During the 1990s, a new pavilion was built over the open space in front of the temple. Mahārāj jī has a close relationship with the Goswamis who serve Govindavela. In 1995, he was in charge of organizing a great celebration there. The major opening event was to be a recitation of the entire Bhāgavata Purāna by 108 brahmans, invited to come for the occasion from all over India.

Keywords:   Goswamis, Govindavela, Jaipur, fire sacrifice, Bhāgavata Purāna

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