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Kalikapurane Murtivinirdesah


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Title: Kalikapurane Murtivinirdesah

Author: Shastri, Biswanarayan (Editor)

Item Code: ISBN9788120811249

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Pub, Delhi

Edition: 1st ed., Date: 1994, 159 pp., HB

Description: Kalikapurane Murtivenirdesah, ninth in the series of the Kalamulasastra programme, is a compilation of about 550 verses from the Kalika Purana which give physical description of a number of gods, goddesses and demi-gods. While some of them are simply conceptual, others are represented in stone and metallic sculptures. An important upa-purana, which has been quoted as an authority by the smrti digest writers (nibandhakaras) from almost all over India, it is a work of late ninth or early tenth century A.D., compiled in ancient Assam (Kamarupa) to glorify and provide ritual procedure of worshipping the mother goddess Kamakhya. It mainly describes different manifestations of the goddess, gives their iconographic details, mounts and weapons, and describes icons of some deities scattered in different chapters of the Purana. It is compiled diety-wise to give a complete picture and includes an English translation of the Sanskrit verses, side-by-side. The Purana is specially concerned with Kamakhya, Kali (Parvati), Kapali-Bhairavi. It is especially adept in it’s iconographical details, with equal significance to the methodologies of worship through ritual. The Kalika Purana is also an important landmark for understanding the iconography as also the ritual practices related to Saiva images, particularly the Devi in Eastern India.

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