bhak·​ti ˈbək-tē How to pronounce bhakti (audio)
: devotion to a deity constituting a way to salvation in Hinduism

Examples of bhakti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the selection of works, which includes a 26-foot-long festival banner made around 1800, also brings out some of the dynamics at the core of the bhakti tradition in Hinduism. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 16 Feb. 2019 The mood is described as one of bhakti, or devotion. Marina Harss, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2018 The faith focuses on salvation through total devotion, or bhakti, to God as developed through the virtues (dharma), detachment (vairagaya) and spiritual wisdom (jnana). Jonathan M. Pitts,, 4 July 2017

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Word History


Sanskrit, literally, portion

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bhakti was in 1826

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“Bhakti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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