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noun Hinduism.
  1. selfless devotion as a means of reaching Brahman.Compare jnana, karma(def 1).
  2. (initial capital letter) a popular religious movement centered around the personal worship of gods, especially Vishnu and Shiva.
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Compare Saiva, Vaishnava.

Origin of bhakti

1825–35; < Sanskrit: devotion
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  1. Hinduism loving devotion to God leading to nirvana
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Word Origin

from Sanskrit: portion, from bhajati he allocates
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