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Devi: The Devi Bhagavatam Retold

Ramesh Menon (Author)

The Devi Bhagavatam is said to have been composed in Bengal in the sixth century CE, in twelve Parvas and 18,000 slokas. The text is only available in Bengali, with Hindi commentaries. It is replete with references to and legends from an obviously pre-Vedic religion of the Goddess.

The Devi Bhagavatam is a Shakta Purana. It is for the Shakta what the Bhagavata Purana is for the Vaishnava: his or her most sacred book. The Shaktas worship Shakti, the Eternal Feminine, in all her forms.

Devi is Kali and Durga; she is Saraswai, Mahalakshmi and Parvati; she is Sati, Sita and Radha. She is the mother of the Universe; without her animating power, Shiva becomes shava, a corpse.

This book is an abridged literary rendering of the Devi Bhagavatam. It retells all the major legends of the Goddess, as well as some other, less known tales that would attract a contemporary reader. It is written in the spirit of fervour and abandon which infuses the original and is the hallmark of the worship of the Devi Bhagavati.

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About the author

Ramesh Menon

Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in new Delhi. He attended St Columba’s and St Xavier’s High Schools, and St. Stephen’s College. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangalore and Jakarta, and now lives in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. He is the author of two previous books – Blue God: A Life of Krishna and The Hunt for K, a novel.

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Bibliographic information

Title Devi: The Devi Bhagavatam Retold
Author Ramesh Menon
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129109085
length 514p., 9.2" X 6.3"