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Mahima Dharma and Bhima Bhoi

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Author(s): Beltz & Bettina Bäumer, Johannes
Mahima Dharma ( Dharma of Glory) is one of the most important living religious traditions of Orissa. It originated in the 19th century as an indigenous reform movement, emerging out of the many devotional and mystical traditions of India. The earliest authentic testimonies of this movement are the compositions in Oriya of Bhima Bhoi, a saint and poet, who popularized Mahima Dharma, particularly in western Orissa. He lived during the second half of the 19th century and became a disciple of Mahima Gosain (or Mahima Svami), the actual founder and first teacher ( guru) of Mahima Dharma. It…
Date: 2019-01-30