Dr. Jagdish S. Patil
Head Department of English
Dhanaji Nana Mahavidyalaya, Faizpur, Dist. Jalgaon (Maharashtra)
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Culture is a complex matrix of a variety of factors reflecting the human life from multiple perspectives and simultaneously transforming and shaping the human life dynamically. This paper is an attempt to retrospect medieval Marathi culture and its literary culture through the medieval text “Lilacharitra”. It is the seminal book in the origin and development of Marathi literary culture. Its cultural context portrays the medieval social life along with its political, economic and linguistic aspects. It is also a microcosm of the medieval social insecurity, political instability, caste discrimination, contemporary customs, traditions, beliefs, superstitions and so on. The paper contemplates the text as a major source of medieval Marathi culture having the roots of the message of modern universalism in it. It also considers medieval Marathi literary culture as a sub-culture and a consistent thread striving to establish the modern democratic values. It also throws a light on medieval temples, architecture, problems of the peasants, sources of earning and livelihood of the people, religious ideologies, subordination of women, mass and elite culture, etc.
Key Words: Lilacharitra, Marathi, culture, Chakradhar Swami