The Gītagovinda and Beyond

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Jesse Ross Knutson. (2022). The Gītagovinda and Beyond: Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 22(1), 161–171. Retrieved from


Jayadeva’s 12th/13th-century song-poem the Gītagovinda ‘Govinda in Song’ is a unique work of Sanskrit literature from a formal point of view: its metrics and stylistics are irreducibly strange and novel.1 It is the quintessentially medieval work and perhaps the most popular of all medieval Sanskrit poems. As semi-popular song, it could not have been imagined in an earlier age of classical literature.

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