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Haridāsī Sampradāya
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The Haridāsī Sampradāya is a Vaiṣṇava lineage that has flourished for nearly five hundred years within the Braj area of northern India, and should not be confused with the Haridāsa movement of western and southern India (see Smārta). It was inaugurated in Vrindavan in the 16th century by Svāmī Haridās (c. 1480–1575 CE), a poet-saint and musician who discovered and established the worship of the Kṛṣṇa deity Śrī Bāṅke Bihārī. Vrindavan (Vṛndāvana), a…

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Beck, Guy L., “Haridāsī Sampradāya”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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