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Sakta Contribution to Varanasiby: Ramesh Chandra Sharma , Pranati Ghosal
The worship of Shakti (Mother Goddess) is almost a universal phenomenon and its manifestation is seen in different forms. This book incorporates a number of papers on multiple aspects of øàkta traditions practised in Varanasi continuing from hoary past to-date.
Year Of Publication: 2006
Pages : xii, 148
Bibliographic Details : 24 B/w photos; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
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.
List of Illustrations
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
— N. P. Joshi
12. Symbols and Shakti Worship
— N.C. Panda
13. Ritual Materials in Shakti Worship
— Sukumar Chattopadhyay
List of Contributors