Time and Destiny
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Notions of time (kāla) and destiny (daiva, bhāgya, vidhi) are important factors in the interpretation of favorable and unfavorable circumstances for ritual, social, political, or individual activities. Calculation of time units and assessment of the qualities of time have been important for ritual performances since vedic times. In later texts time emerges as a cosmic entity that can be…

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Angelika Malinar, “Time and Destiny”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_000207>
First published online: 2012

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