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Saktapramoda: Of Deva Nandan Singh

Madhu Khanna (Editor)

The Saktapranoda Deva Nandan Singh is a liturgical paddhati-style compencium of sixteen independent ritul manuals. The first ten works, comprising the major part of the text are dedicated to the group of ten Tantric goddesses, referred to as the Ten Great Mahavidyas "Ten Supreme Powers' the goddesses Kali, Tara, Sodasi, Bhuvanesvari, Chinnamasta, Matangi Tripurabhairavi, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi and Kamala. The next important text closely allied to the worship of the goddesses is Kumari Tantra devoted to the worship of the Kumari, or a young maiden. The next group of works comprise the pentad of Tantras devoted to five deitied: Ganesa, Visnu, Siva, Durga and Surya. These five deities are invoked in almost all forms of ritual worship prescribed by the Vedas, Puranas and to a degree by Tantras.

Each Tantra describes the dhyana of the deity, the yantra, mantras and the method of Tantric form of worship of the deity, along with praise hymns, protective formulas (kavaca) and litanies of divine names, be they a group of hundred names (satanama) or a thousand names (sahasranama).

The first edition of Saktapramoda by Deva Nandan Singh (edited by Raghuraja Dube) was published under the patronage of Rajdeva Nandan Singh, an aristocratic zamindar of Muzaffarpur, in Bihar in the nineteenth century. This edition brings together a fully edited and revised rdition with elaborate introduction (in English), a comprehensive index along with lithographic images of Tantric deities.

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About the author

Madhu Khanna

Dr. Madhu Khanna, project scholar of the Crossing Project, earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Wolfson College, Oxford University in 1986 with a specialization in Hindu Shakta Tantra. She has to her credit two popular publications: Yantra: the Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity and the Tantric Way (co-author), both published by Thames and Hudson, London with American, French, German and Danish editions. Her seminal work, The Sricakra of the Cult of Goddess Tripursundari, based on Sanskrit Manuscript sources is forthcoming. She has researched the major interdisciplinary-cross-cultural exhibitions organized by the IGNCA and edited the exhibition Catalogue of fundamental categories of civilization (on the theme of Prakriti, Rita-ritu, and Man and Mask). She was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 1991 to work on her project, :Indian Goddess and Feminist Consciousness”. She is the President and founder member of the Tantra Foundation, New Delhi. Art present, she is an Associate Professor with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

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Title Saktapramoda: Of Deva Nandan Singh
Author Madhu Khanna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.03.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124606897, 9788124606896
length xvi+100+612p., Bibligraphy; Index; 25cm.