By Hillary Rodrigues
In the course of a nine-day interval each autumn, Hindus in India and in the course of the international worship the good Goddess, Durga--the bold deity who's enjoyed like a mom. some of the most dramatic and well known of those celebrations is the Durga Puja, a ceremony famous for its visible pageantry, ritual complexity, and communal participation. during this ebook, Hillary Peter Rodrigues describes the Bengali type of Durga Puja practiced within the sacred urban of Banaras from starting to finish. A romanization of the Sanskrit litany is incorporated in addition to an English translation.
In addition to the liturgical description, Rodrigues presents info at the rite's part components and mythic elements. There are interpretive sections on puja, the good Goddess, women's roles within the ritual, and the socio-cultural services of the ritual. Rodrigues keeps that the Durga Puja is a ceremony of cosmic rejuvenation, of empowerment at either the non-public and social degrees, and a ceremony that orchestrates manifestations of the female, either Divine and human.
Read Online or Download Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess: The Liturgy of the Durga Puja With Interpretations PDF
Best Hinduism books
The Purana is among the most crucial and renowned Hindu texts, the opposite being the Ramayana. it's a part of the preferred culture, instead of a literary vintage just like the Upanishads or the Gita. It tells the tale of the god Krishna, the ideally suited godhead of the Hindus and worshipped by way of them for over and a part millennia.
The 1st readable and actual translation of twenty of the main authoritative Hindu records concerning ascetic beliefs and the ascetic lifestyle, this article opens to scholars a big resource for the learn of the Hindu ascetical associations and of the ancient adjustments they underwent in the course of a interval of 1000 years or extra.
This booklet deals the 1st English translation of a physique of hugely esoteric, mystical poetry and songs linked to the Khartabhajas, a Bengali sect dedicated to Tantrism. The interval from the overdue 18th to the early nineteenth century, in which those lyrics have been written, was once an period of swap, experimentation, and transition from the older medieval kinds to the hot literary different types of "modern" Bengal.
Hanuman, the dedicated monkey helper of Rama and Sita, has lengthy been famous as a well-liked personality in India's historical Ramayana epic. yet extra lately he has additionally turn into some of the most cherished and worshiped gods within the Hindu pantheon - enshrined in majestic new temples, yet both found in poster artwork, ads, and mass media.
Additional info for Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess: The Liturgy of the Durga Puja With Interpretations