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Shakti: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine

Shakti: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine

Chitgopekar, Nilima

Hardcover

Religion General Mythology & FolkloreHinduism

Publisher Price: $35.00

ISBN10: 0744054559
ISBN13: 9780744054552
Publisher: Dk Pub
Published: May 10 2022
Pages: 392
Weight: 3.85
Height: 1.00 Width: 9.40 Depth: 11.10
Language: English
Exploring the complex and rich tradition of Goddess worship across the Indian subcontinent.

She is benevolent and nurturing, yet fierce and terrible, a warrior and a lover. She creates and gives life, is death personified, and the one who grants eternal salvation. She is the ultimate form of reality, the cosmos. As the Saundaryalahiri says, Only when Shiva joins with you, O Shakti, can he exert his powers as lord, on his own he has not even the power to stir. You are worshipped by Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and other gods. How dare I, meritless mortal, offer you reverence and praise? The Goddess inspires deep devotion and it is not surprising to see Her being worshipped and revered across homes in India.

Shakti will delve into this rich tradition of the Divine Feminine as She is represented across India and the subcontinent. Shakti will be a one-of-a-kind linear exploration of Goddess worship, neither a basic guide nor a dense academic treatise. Instead, it will invite the reader to learn about the Shakta culture, while telling the story of its birth and evolution, the many manifestations of the Goddess and their worship, and the myths, legends, and rituals that make up the tradition. This title will position itself as the first point of entry for anyone interested in the world of the Devi and Her culture.

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