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Govindadeva Temple <i>A Festival of Devotion</i>

Margaret H. Case

in Seeing Krishna

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848713 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130102.003.0006
Govindadeva Temple A Festival of Devotion

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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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Subjects: Christianity

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