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Goddess Lalitambika: In Indian Art Literature & Thought

C.V. Rangaswami (Author)

The present book attempts to study the cult of Devi Lalitambika as an individual Goddess like those of Siva, Visnu, Laksmi and others, installed independently with a long tradition and elaborate rituals, besides the highest philosophy associated with Her.

The book consists of five chapters. First chapter is an introduction and the second deals with the Goddess in Indian Literature, which is bases on Lalita sahasranama stotra. The third chapter - Goddess in Art shows various aspects of Sricakra and the fourth one is the value of meditation as against superstitions. Besides, the value of Sri Vidya in meditation and worship of the Goddess Lalita and their several aspects are highlighted. Thousand word prayer is sung by Vasini and Vakdevis as ordained by Tripurasundari. They were communicated to Narayana or Hayagriva who subsequently imparted them to Agastya and Lopamudra. For the benefit of the reciters, the Vyakhya, i.e. single line meaning of the epithets is added in the book.

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About the author

C.V. Rangaswami

Dr C.V. Rangaswami (b. 1926) had his higher education from Mysore University and Karnatak University. He served in both the universities and its colleges from 1947 to 1986 as a Lecturer in History and Archaeology and later retired as a Reader. He did his Ph.D. thesis titled ‘The Government and Administration under the Chalukyas of Badami’, under the guidance of Dr. P.B. Desai, an authority in History. In a span of 39 years (1947-86), he has published many textbooks for degree courses and more than 50 articles. His major research work with U.G.C and ICHR are projects on ‘Revenue Settlement Reports as a Source to the History of Twin Cities of Hubli-Dharwad’ and ‘Shri Lalitambika in Literature, Art and Thought’. Other major research work are on ‘Sri Pitambara Devi (Devi Bagalamukhi) in Socio-cultural field’ was submitted to the ICHR, New Delhi. He has written a short book on ‘Siddha Parvatavasini Devi Bagalamukhi (Pitambara Mai)’ and edited ‘Bagalamba Sataka’ of Cidananda Avadhutaru Rajayogi, an ardent worshiper & saint at Sindhanur near Raichur district, Karnataka. At the age of 86, the author is still active in writing books and articles.

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Title Goddess Lalitambika: In Indian Art Literature & Thought
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788192698373
length xviii+258p., 53 B/W Illustrations; Glossary; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.