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Lallā (also known as Lalleśvarī or Lal Ded) is a 14th-century Śaiva mystic poet from Kashmir. Even though Lallā is an integral part of Kashmiri language and culture, no reference to her exists in the medieval Sanskrit literature. Jonarāja's Rājataraṅgiṇī, a chronicle of the period when Lallā lived, does not mention her at all. The reason for this neglect could …

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Jaishree K. Odin, “Lallā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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