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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vatsalyabhava, VAtsalyabhAva, Vaatsalyabhaava

Vātsalyabhāva is one of the several types of bhakti or devotion. It is the love of a devotee towards God and that of a mother towards her child. Yaśodā’s love for the child Kṛṣṇa and Kausalyā’s towards the child Rāma are classic examples of this sentiment. Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahamsa[1] retained this attitude towards Mother Kālī till the end.


  1. Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahamsa lived in A. D. 1836- 1886.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore