Contents: Foreword/R.C. Mishra. Prologue/Jawhar Sircar. Preface/Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty. Introduction/ArputhaRani Sengupta. I. Historical and Literary Tradition. 1. Kali in Bengali Popular Psyche: Continuity and Change/Sumanta Banerjee. 2. Astronomical Significance of the Iconography of Goddess Durga/Biman B. Nath. 3. Musical Goddesses in Buddhism/Lokesh Chandra. 4. Royal Symbolism of the Prajnaparamita of Ta Prohm/Lokesh Chandra. 5. Sabari/Sonal Mansingh. 6. The Evidence of a Goddess : The Cult of Tara, Trade and Patronage in Early Ladakh/Yashaswini Chandra. 7. The Journey of Goddess Tara: Adoption and Adaptation of a Buddhist Goddess in Hindu Tantric Worship/Madhu Khanna. 8. The Wonder that is Chinnamasta/Rita Sridhar. 9. Goddesses in Vietnam : A Study of Mahishasuramardini/Bachchan Kumar. 10. The Supreme is Female/C.L. Bharany. 11. Vedic Goddesses/R. Nagaswamy. 12. Goddess Varahi in Shaktism and Tantric Shaktism/Haripriya Rangarajan. 13. Raudra and Saumya Aspects of the Goddess : A Study of Two Icons from the Camba Valley/Seema Bawa. 14. Inversion of Feminine Beauty as an Expression of Terror : Orissan Images of Seated Camunda/Thomas Donaldson. 15. Mahishasuramardini/Alka Pande. 16. Goddess Durga in Indian Miniatures/Daljeet. 17. The Renaissance Madonna in Mughal Art : The San Diego Madonna and Child Attributed to Basawan/Ursula Weekes. 18. Gaja-Lakshmi : Coexisting Goddess in Buddhist Art and Culture/ArputhaRani Sengupta. II. Goddess in Folk Tradition. 19. Kadamkottu Makkam/Balan Nambiar. 20. Dancing in Circles : Representation of Radha in Rasalila Performance of Braj/Pallavi Sharma. 21. Divine Marriage of the Goddess/Choodamani Nandagopal. 22. Given to the Goddess : Cult of Yellamma/K.L. Kamat. 23. Sammakka Saralamma Jathara : Medaram Goddess Cult in Andhra Pradesh/J. Kedareswari. 24. Saptamatrika in Rural South India/Jayalakshmi Yegnaswamy. 25. Isaki Amman Worship in Southern Tamil Nadu/S. Simon John. 26. Durga Puja at the British Museum/ArputhaRani Sengupta. 27. Goddess Manasa and Behula-Lakhindar/Gurupada Chitrakar. 28. Bonabibi of Sundarbans/ArputhaRani Sengupta. 29. Folk Goddesses of Bengal/Asis K. Chakrabarti. 30. Cult of the Mother Goddess in North-East India/Birendranath Datta. 31. Goddesses in Orissa/G.C. Tripathi. 32. Bhudevi and : The Gaia Hypothesis : Revival of a Cult/Purnima Bakshi Kanwar. 33. Shalabhanjika : The Tree Goddess/B.L. Nagarch. III. Goddess in Contemporary Society. 34. Gender and Nation : From Bharati to Bharata Mata/Gayatri Sinha. 35. Mother India : Images of Woman and Nation/Pushpamala N. 36. Cult of the Goddess and Cult of the Public/Parul Dave Mukherji. 37. Goddess in Popular Culture/Bhavna Kakar. 38. The Goddess steps out of the iconographic frame/Sakti Maira. 39. Green Goddess/Arpana Caur. 40. Manushi Swaccha Narayani : Avatar of a Secular Goddess for Street Vendors/Madhu Kishwar. 41. Durga Puja : Goddess and Changing Mores/ArputhaRani Sengupta. Index. This volume is comprised of forty-one well researched and illustrated papers on Cult of the Goddess. It tries to trace the origin and trajectory of the divine feminine force in art and culture for over a period of five millennia, which is a great achievement in itself. While exploring the living tradition of the Great Goddess, the book offers unique insight to the psyche of India and the Greater India.
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