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Rādhā: Consort of Kṛṣṇa's Vernal Passion
Barbara Stoler Miller
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 95, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1975), pp. 655-671
Published by: American Oriental Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/601022
Page Count: 17
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The source of Jayadeva's heroine in his poem, Gītagovinda, remains one of the puzzles of Sanskrit literature. While no definitive solution presents itself, well-documented references to Rādhā in more than twenty works of Indian literature which antedate the Gītagovinda are quoted. From these emerges a characterization of Rādhā and her unique association with Kṛṣṇa which suggests an old tradition surrounding the celebration of the secret love of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa in springtime. Vedic and Epic mythology as well as classical Indian esthetic theory are related to the development of Jayadeva's central female figure.
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