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An Ornament for Jewels: Love Poems For The Lord of Gods, by Venkatesa

Steven P. Hopkins


A thematically organized, annotated anthology of translations from the Sanskrit, Tamil, and Maharashtri Prakrit devotional poetry of the South Indian Srivaisnava philosopher, sectarian preceptor (Acarya), and saint‐poet Venkatanatha or Venkatesha, also known as Vedantadesika (c. 1268‐1369). The poems collected in this volume, composed out of devotion (bhakti) for one particular Hindu god, Vishnu Devanayaka, the “Lord of Gods” at Tiruvahindrapuram, form a microcosm of the saint‐poet's work. They encompass major themes of Vedantadesika's devotional poetics, from the play of divine absence and pr ... More

Keywords: Vedantadesika, Venkatesha, Srivaisnava, Acarya, Tirumankaiyalvar, Vishnu, Devanayaka, bhakti, Tiruvahindrapuram, The body of god, Asymmetry and intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven P. Hopkins, author
Swarthmore College
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