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Sakta Contribution to Varanasi

The worship of Shakti (mother Goddess) is almost a universal phenomenon and its manifestation is seen in different forms. Indian contribution has also been laudable and it is amply noticed through the figures of Mother-G ....read below

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The worship of Shakti (mother Goddess) is almost a universal phenomenon and its manifestation is seen in different forms. Indian contribution has also been laudable and it is amply noticed through the figures of Mother-Goddesses even from the pre-Indus Culture. This was followed in the subsequent ages throughout India, and Varanasi being a great religious centre has also left an indelible imprint in this regard.

This book incorporates a good number of papers on multiple aspects of Shakta traditions practised in Varanasi continuing from hoary past to-date. Beside philosophical, religious and cultural leanings the contents expose the iconographic, ritualistic and artistic rendering of the Divine Mother. Kashi or Varanasi has been a stronghold of religious and spiritual fervour; and several religious sects have contributed to its present texture. Saktism has also been a forceful current in the cultural stream of this holy city. This is evidenced by several Devi temples, Shakti-pithas, yantras, fairs and festivals associated with the worship of Mother-Goddess.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603437
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460343X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : xii, 148 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 400
  • Bibliographic Details : 24 B/w photos; Index

Preface
List of Illustrations
Transliteration Chart

1. Kashi and Shakta Contribution -- An Introduction

-- Vidyanivas Mishra

2. Kashi as Shaktipitha

-- Kamla Pandey

3. Fasts and Festivals of Goddess in Varanasi

-- B. S. Mehta

4. Devi-Yantra in Kashi

-- Pramod Giri

5. Shakti Images from Varanasi: A Case Study of Bharat Kala Bhawan Sculptures

-- T.K. Biswas

6. Shakti Figures in the Sarnath Museum

-- R.C. Sharma

7. Devi in the Wall Painting Art of Kashi

-- Kamal Giri

8. Images of Jaina Goddesses in Kashi

-- M. N. P. Tiwari

9. Shakti in the Folk Songs of Kashi

-- Kusum Giri

10. Chief Shakta Exponents of Kashi

-- H.N. Chakravarty

11. Some Distinctive Methods of Shakti Worship: Family Rituals of the Maharashtrians in Kashi

-- N. P. Joshi

12. Symbols and Shakti Worship 

-- N.C. Panda

13. Ritual Materials in Shakti Worship

-- Sukumar Chattopadhyay

List of Contributors
Index

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