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Manthanabhairavatantram, Kumarikakhandah

The Section concerning the Virgin Goddess of the Tantra of the Churning Bhairava (6 Vols. In 14 bindings) by: Mark S.G. Dyczkowski

The 24,000 verses long Manthanabhairavatantra is the most important and extensive Tantra dedicated to the goddess Kubjika who is exclusively worshipped in the Kathmandu Valley. The section, Kumarikakhanda, offered here in 14 volumes, presents Kubjika’s unique historical importance in the extraordinary richness of the inner, spiritual dimensions of her cult.

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ISBN: 9788124604984
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : 14 vols.
Bibliographic Details : Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 16900

Overview

The Manthanabhairavatantra is about 24,000 verses long and is divided into three sections (khanda). The one edited and translated here is the Kumarikakhanda. Along with the Kubjikamata, the Manthanabhairavatantra is the most important and extensive Tantra dedicated to the worship of the goddess Kubjika. Although originally an Indian goddess, Kubjika is almost exclusively worshipped in the Kathmandu Valley, where her cult has been kept scrupulously secret by Newar initiates for centuries. Almost all the manuscripts of her Tantras and related literature have been found there.
Kubjika is a powerful development of Malini, the principal goddess of the Trika Tantras and Kali of the Kashmiri Krama tradition. Her cult belongs to a chain of early Kaula systems that culminate with that of the goddess Tripura and so sheds considerable light on them. Kubjika’s unique historical importance is mirrored in the extraordinary richness of the inner, spiritual dimensions of her cult. These are explored in detail in the introduction to the edition and translation of the text with extensive references from mostly unpublished Kubjika Tantras and those of related schools.
The work took close to two decades to produce. In this time numerous working editions of unpublished Tantras and related texts were prepared by the author with the help of a team of five trained assistants.

Meet the Author
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Mark Dyczkowski was born in London in 1951. After completing his schooling in 1969 he went to India for his spiritual development and to study Sanskrit, Indian philosophy and music. After receiving his first degrees from Banaras Hindu University in 1975, he returned to England for his doctoral research at the University of Oxford in Kashmiri Saivism. He is well known for his publications in this field. Since 1979 he has continued to work and live in India. He has been associated with the IGNCA since 1993. At present he supervises and contributes to the input of an on-line digital library of Tantric texts for Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. The site is muktabodha.com. Recordings of his lectures on Kashmiri Saivism and some of his publications can be downloaded from his site markdkashi.com.
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