The Lalita Cult

The Lalita Cult

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Item Code: NAB503
Author: V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 812080919X
Pages: 98
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.6"
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The Lalita Cult has figured and still figures prominently among the countless cults of ancient India.

Lalita is looked upon by the Hindus as a divine manifestation of the goddess Durga. The cult of Lalita is intimately associated with the Sakti cult or the worship of the Divine as Energy in the feminine form.

The present book studies the cult of Lalita from a historical point of view. Though this study is mainly based on the Lalitopakhyana section of the Brahmanda Purana, an endeavour is made to review other phases of the Sakti cult and its place in the Vedic literature, and particularly to examine its philosophical basis.

The study also aims to remove certain misconceptions and improved theories which have obscured the true import and value of the Sakti cult.

About the Author

V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (1896-1953) belonged to avant-garde historians who introduced a new methodology into the study of Indian history. He was a brilliant product of the University of Madras. On obtaining his Master's degree he joined the teaching staff of St. Joseph's College (Bangalore) in 1927 he filled the Professorial chair of the department of history and Archaeology. He also acted as Honorary reader of the Department of Politics and Public Administration for a term of two years from 1945 to 1947.

Professor Dikshitar contributed innumerable research papers to scholarly journals in India and abroad. He was General Editor of Madras University Historical Series. His works covering various dimensions of Indian history include original treatises, translations and volumes edited by him.

CONTENTS
Page
Prefacev
IThe Purpose Of The Manifestation Of Lalita And Its Fulfilment1
IIThe Cult Of Lalita23
IIISaktism Through The Ages37
IVThe Durga Cult And Other Aspects Of Saktism58
VSaktism And the Tantra Treatises70
VIThe Philosophic Basis Of The Cult76

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