viraha bhakti

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The kind of Kṛṣṇa devotionalism (bhakti) practised by the Āḻvārs, Caitanya, Sūrdās, and others, in which the poet-devotee identifies with the intense emotions experienced by Rādhā and the gopīs when they are separated from the object of their love (Kṛṣṇa), ultimately engendering an ecstatic experience of divine love.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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