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Literacy and Orality Empowering the Sacred:

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This chapter describes about Bāgavatapurāṇa that was held in Uttarakhand, North India, in November 2009. It then focuses on four functions of Bāgavatapurāṇa: first, the text provided a focus of ritual action; second, it was the source of the overall structure and content of the event; third, it was the object of the exponent's daily silent reading or pārāyaṇa; finally, it was the source of many of the Sanskrit verses around which the exponent constructed his vernacular comment. Finally, the chapter argues that a spectrum of social and cultural practices - ritual, oral, textual and performative - all contribute towards the validation and empowerment of discourses relating to Kṛṇṣa. Known as Bhāgavata-saptāha in Sanskrit or simply as saptāha in Hindi, the week-long performance is said to conferliberation on both the chief sponsor and the audience.

Keywords:Bāgavatapurāṇa; Kṛṇṣa; pārāyaṇa; saptāha



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