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Lalita-Sahasranama: A Comprehensive Study of one Thousand Names of Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari

L.M. Joshi (Author) Tantra in Contemporary Researches

In the Hindu sacred literature, Sahasranamas: the texts embodying literally "the Thousand Names" of a deity, constitute a genre in their own right. And Lalita-Sahasranama (LS) is a veritable classic in the traditional writings of the kind - a classic widely acknowledged for its lucidity, clarity and poetic excellence.

A medieval work of unknown authorship eulogizing Sakti: the Mother Goddess, this Sahasranama is not justa masterly exposition of Sri Lalita's cult, but also sets out the deity's diverse epithets - like, for instance, Kundalini, Nirguna, Saguna, Parasakti or Brahman - which continue to evoke reverence as mantras with 'mystic powers'. Also included among these names are the goddess's other panegyric description that have come to have profound, esoteric connotations in tantric practices - epitomizing, thus the fundamental tenets of tantrasastra.

Here is a brilliant critical edition of Lalita-Sahasranama meticulously analyzing, for the first time, each of Sri Lalita's thousand names - by a variety of themes, like the Goddess's conceptual representations, anthropomorphic forms, disposition, abodes, kinships/consorts, ritualistic worship, and her supremacy in pantheonic hierarchy. Also explaining and interpreting anew these thousand names on the basis of time-honoured commentaries, Dr. Joshi underscores the high importance of Lalita-Sahasranama in philosophy, tantra, yoga, sahasranama literature, and ritual of various descriptions.

The book includes the original Sanskrit text of LS, its romanised transliteration and, additionally, an Appendix listing Sri Lalita's thousand names in the A-Z sequence.

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About the author

L.M. Joshi

L.M. Joshi is a well-known Sanskrit scholar, with specialized interests in Vedantic philosophy, yoga, astrology and tantrasastra. For about two decades now, he has given courses in Yoga and Yoga Philosophy at Yoga Niketan-a professional institute of Barada. And, besides his involvement with a number of national/international astrological societies, he has been asn "invited speaker' of the all Indian Radio as well. He holds Ph.D on tantrasastra. Currently teaching Sanskrit at the M.S. University, Baraoda.

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Title Lalita-Sahasranama: A Comprehensive Study of one Thousand Names of Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari
Author L.M. Joshi
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2017
Edition Reprint
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603537
length 491p., Col Illus 7; 8.5" x 5.5"Inch.