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Akbar

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — Indian Music — Islam — Society and Culture — World History.

(b. 1542, r. 1556–1605)

Mughal emperor, known as ‘The Great’. He showed a constructive interest in

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Bahiṇābāī

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music — Hinduism — Social and Cultural History.

(c.1628–c.1700)

A Vaiṣṇava poet-saint from Maharashtra. She left an autobiography (Ātmanivedana) in

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Harsha

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(c. 590–647)

Buddhist ruler of a large empire in north India (c. 606–47). He dominated the entire Gangetic plain, and also parts of the Punjab and Rajasthan, but was repulsed from...

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Hindu Mahasabha

Overview page. Subjects: World History — Hinduism.

A Hindu communal organization. It was first established in the Punjab before 1914, and became active during the 1920s under the leadership of Pandit Mohan Malaviya (1861–1946) and Lala...

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Kabīr

Overview page. Subjects: Religious Studies — Indian Music — Hinduism — World History.

(c.1398–c.1448)

A North Indian poet and mystic. A substantial hagiographical literature and numerous legends

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Mahatma Gandhi

Overview page. Subjects: History — Hinduism.

(1869–1948)

Indian nationalist and spiritual leader. After early civil-rights activities as a lawyer in South Africa, in 1914 Gandhi returned to India, where he became prominent in...

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Maitreyī

Overview page. Subjects: History — Hinduism.

Wife and astute theological questioner of Yājñavalkya in the Bṛhadāraṅyaka Upaniṣad (2.4ff.; 4.5ff.).

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Maratha

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A Hindu warrior people of western India who in the 17th and 18th centuries led a military revival against Muslim expansion. They rose to prominence under the inspired leadership of Shivaji,...

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Muktābāī

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism — History.

(1279–1297)

A Marathi poet saint. According to the hagiographies, she was the sister of Jñāneśvara; like him and her two other brothers, she was devoted to Viṣṇu as Viṭhobā, and...

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Paḻḻava

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A south Indian dynasty that maintained a regional kingdom along the Carnatic coast between the 4th and 9th centuries. There is uncertainty about the origins and early history of the Pallava...

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