bhak·​ti | \ ˈbək-tē How to pronounce bhakti (audio) \

Definition of bhakti

: devotion to a deity constituting a way to salvation in Hinduism

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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, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 The mood is described as one of bhakti, or devotion. Marina Harss, New York Times, "The Indian Monks’ Dance, Flowering With the Aid of Women," 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,, "A birthday for the gods," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of bhakti

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bhakti

Sanskrit, literally, portion

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