Re: [INDOLOGY] The title mahāprabhu

Martin Gansten martingansten at
Sun Apr 14 04:02:26 UTC 2019

An off-list reply made me realize I wasn't as clear in formulating my 
question as I should have been: I am primarily interested in the epithet 
mahāprabhu used as a title for historical persons (rulers and/or holy 
men), or possibly local/regional deities (such as Jagannātha). The late 
medieval to early modern period would be particularly relevant.

Best wishes,

Den 2019-04-13 kl. 19:54, skrev Martin Gansten:
> I am not sure if there is a good answer to this question, but I would 
> be interested to hear what people think: what with Caitanya Mahāprabhu 
> of Bengal, Jagannātha Mahāprabhu (the deity) of Orissa, and, in more 
> recent times, Swargadwari Mahaprabhu of Nepal (of whom I confess I had 
> never heard before a web search turned him up), I wonder if mahāprabhu 
> is a title most prominently found in the (north)-eastern parts of 
> South Asia, at least before the 20th century? I know there is a 
> 16th-century Harivaṃśa Mahāprabhu from the Mathura area, founder of 
> the Rādhāvallabha-sampradāya, but I suspect the use of the epithet in 
> his case may have been modelled on that of Caitanya.
> Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
> Martin Gansten

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