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A Vaiṣṇava tradition, usually considered synonymous with that of the Pāñcarātrins, although there is some evidence that it once had an independent existence. It derives its name from the Vṛṣṇi (Sātvata) tribe, for whom Vāsudeva (later Kṛṣṇa) may have been a deified hero or king.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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