The Path of Devotion
First Created: May 15, 2001
Page Last Updated: January 01, 2015
Bhakti (from bhaj in Sanskrit,
to revere): Devotion, intense personal attachment to God; in Hindu
philosophy and thought, Bhakti is one of the ways to reach God; also the
name of an important religious and social movement in medieval India
that propagated Bhakti.
To understand the many fascinating aspects of Indian
culture and life, one must understand the role of devotion in India.
Devotion is perhaps the only thing that binds the people of India,
superceding such barriers as languages, caste of birth, religious beliefs,
and racial diversity.
Sometime in medieval India., a new religious movement
broke out in India that emphasized the devotion to God, as sole means of
salvation. Collectively known as the Bhakti Movement, it left a very
profound impact on the life and culture of Indians in the subsequent
In this section at Kamat's Potpourri, Dr. Jyotsna Kamat
documents the biographies of some of the important
proponents of The Path of Devotion.
An (evolving) accompanying
study guide, Appeasing God will explore this topic in detail with
personal anecdotes, and a pictorial exhibition.
Devotion or Bhakti Movement of India
List of Pictures
Introduction | Important
Proponents | Pictures
Alvars | Shankara |Bridal Devotion | The
Alvars | Ramanuja | Madhva | Ravidas
Meerabai | Guru Nanak | Chaitanya | Purandaradas
Ramananda | Kabir | Tukaram | Kanakadas