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Bhagavata, aka: Bhāgavata; 3 Definition(s)

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1a) Bhāgavata (भागवत).—A son of Vajramitra and father of Devabhūti: ruled for 32 years.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 18; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 154; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 35-6.

1b) Those who had dedicated themselves to the service of God by singing in His praise.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 14.
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Bhāgavata (भागवत), 'the great devotee' or 'the most powerful' or 'a worshiper of the Adorable One'.

Added: 17.Jan.2013 | Wisdom Library: Hinduism
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Bhagavata signifies in the context of Hinduism. In this context bhakti has the primary meaning of 'adoration', while Bhagavat means 'the Adorable One', and Bhagavata is a worshiper of the Adorable One. It also refers to a tradition devoted to worship of Krishna, later assimilated into the concept of Narayana or original form svayam bhagavan. According to some historical scholars, worship of Krishna emerged in the 1st century BC. However, Vaishnava traditionalists place it in 4th century BC. Despite relative silence of the earlier Vedic sources, the features of Bhagavatism and principles of monotheism of Bhagavata school unfolding described in the Bhagavad Gita as viewed as an example of the belief that Vasudeva-Krishna is not an avatar of the Vedic Vishnu, but is the Supreme.

etymology: Bhagavata (Bhāgavata, a vrddhi formation from Bhagavan, meaning "pertaining to Bhagavan" ("the Lord", i.e. God)")

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