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  1. bhaktinoun

    (Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex


  1. bhaktinoun

    devotion to God


  1. Bhakti

    In Hinduism and Buddhism, "Bhakti" is a technical term meaning "portion, share", from the root bhaj- "to partake in, to receive one's share". It refers to religious devotion in the form of active involvement of a devotee in worship of the divine. Within monotheistic Hinduism, it is the love felt by the worshipper towards the personal God, a concept expressed in Hindu theology as Iṣṭa-devatā. Bhakthi can be used of either tradition of Hindu monotheism, Shaivaism or Vaishnavism. While bhakti as designating a religious path is already a central concept in the Bhagavad Gita, it rises to importance in the medieval history of Hinduism, where the Bhakti movement saw a rapid growth of bhakti beginning in Southern India with the Vaisnava Alvars and Saiva Nayanars, who spread bhakti poetry and devotion throughout India by the 12th-18th century CE. The Bhagavata Purana is text associated with the Bhakti movement which elaborates the concept of bhakti as found in the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhakti movement reached North India in the Delhi Sultanate and throughout the Mughal era contributed significantly to the characteristics of Hinduism as the religion of the general population under the rule of a Muslim elite. After their encounter with the expanding Islam religion, Bhakti proponents, who were traditionally called "saints," "elaborated egalitarian doctrine that transcended the caste system and encouraged individuals to seek personal union with the divine." Its influence also spread to other religions during this period, and became an integral aspect of Hindu culture and society in the modern era.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bhakti in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bhakti in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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