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International Journal of Hindu Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 497–515 | Cite as

Spiritual Heroes, Miracle Tales, and Rāmsnehī Foundations: Constructing Hagiographies of a Rajasthani Sant

  • Daniel Gold
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Abstract

In 1982, a Rāmsnehī sant named Vintiram wrote a Hindi prose biography of his lineage’s founder, Rāmcaraṇ of Shahpura (1720–98), quoting liberally from previous hagiographical verse. Although the late verse narratives showcase miracles, the earliest presents a believable story about a sant from a mercantile caste attracting initial followers among people of similar backgrounds, who spread their new sect through caste networks and make strategic political interventions. The paper examines the significance of Rāmcaraṇ as a sant in post-Mughal Rajasthan and Vintiram’s representation of him to his own contemporaries.

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sant hagiography sect mercantile caste Rāmsnehī miracles Rajasthan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Asian StudiesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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