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Multiple Uses of the Term 

The term bhāgavata means “related to Bhagavant” and “devotee of Bhagavant” when applied to persons. Bhagavant could designate divine beings such as the god Viṣṇu, his aspects (such as Nārāyaṇa and Kṛṣṇa), Śiva, or the Buddha, and distinguished perso…

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Gérard Colas, “Bhāgavatas”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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