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Yogini Shrines and Saktipithas, 2 Parts (Indian Gods and Goddesses Vol. 4)

Shanti Lal Nagar (Author)
Synopsis In the religious history of India, the worship pf Sakti or the following of the Tantric have their own importance. The Yoginis are adored as a form of Sakti-Kaula worship in the country. The females who achieve the divine spiritual knowledge with the following of the Yogic practices are called the yoginis. Besides the Yoginis, several other centres of Sakti-worship known as Saktipitha have been mentioned in the Puranas, some of which give their number as 108 or 51. These Saktipithas are scattered throughout the country. With every set of Saktipitha a Bhairava-a form of Siva, was attached for its protection. These Saktipithas are said to have emerged, where the parts or the ornaments of the body of Salt fell on earth. Besides the above, there are several other Siddhapithas of the goddesses, some of which have been included in this work in order to make it more representative. Both the Vol. III and Vol. IV of the series provide a comprehensive study on the Goddesses in India from the earliest times to the late medieval period, based on the literary as well as the archeological evidence. Besides the thousand names of the Goddess Bhavanisahasranama, have also been highlighted in the present Volume in quite a lively manner which will appeal the readers in general as well as those with scholarly aptitude.
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About the author

Shanti Lal Nagar

Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than 38 books.

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Title Yogini Shrines and Saktipithas, 2 Parts (Indian Gods and Goddesses Vol. 4)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176464953
length xxiv+284p.; viii+180p., Tables; Maps; Plates; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.