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Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Bengal by ProQuest


In the process of its "Sanskritization," or taking on the ancient, Sanskritic culture of brahmin priests in charge of those temples, the new type also replaces old rituals. [...] circumambulating the sanctum gives way to a communal performance of devotion (bhakti) in the presence of the deity. According to Ghosh the spectacular brick and terracotta temples of Vishnupur and its surroundings are a tangible record of an astute regional response to the instabilities of imperialism.

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