There is a steady and growing scholarly, as well as popular interest in Hindu religion – especially devotional (bhakti) traditions as forms of spiritual practice and expressions of divine embodiment. Associated with this is the attention to sacred images and their worship.

Attending Krishna's Image extends the discussion on Indian images and their worship, bringing historical and comparative dimensions and considering Krishna worship in the context of modernity, both in India and the West. It focuses on one specific worship tradition, the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, as it develops and sustains itself in two specific locales. By applying the comparative category of ‘religious truth’, the book provides a comprehensive understanding of a living religious tradition. It successfully demonstrates the understanding of devotion as a process of participation with divine embodiment in which worship of Krishna’s image is integral.

chapter |12 pages


Locating Kṛṣṇa's image

part |66 pages

Embodied Truth

chapter |28 pages

Texts as Context

Core textual sources and patterns for Caitanya Vaiṣṇava image worship

chapter |36 pages

Temple as Context

The Rādhāramaṇa Temple as embodied community

part |88 pages

Missionizing Truth

chapter |34 pages

Kṛṣṇa's New Look

A worship tradition faces West

chapter |38 pages

Migrant Texts, Migrant Images

Resettling Kṛṣṇa in the West

chapter |14 pages


Images of religious truth