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

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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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