Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarāma: Change and Continuity in an Early Indian Cult
This book studies the evolution of Balarama in Vaisnavism through comparative analysis of Balarama stories from selected Hindu puranas, asserting that Balarama was a multifaceted deity of considerable importance in early Vaisnavism. The analysis of Balarama stories provides insight into the long process of the development of Vaisnavism.
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