Elements of Magic, Esotericism, and Religion in Shaktism and Tantrism in Light of the Shakti Pitha K?m?khy?

Authors

  • Archana Barua Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v17i1-2.26652

Keywords:

Assam, Chamunda, Devi, Goddess, India, Kāli, katyayani, Kāmākhyā, Menstruating Goddess, Mother Goddess, Sankaradeva, Tantra, Vaishnavism

Abstract

India’s northeastern state of Assam (ancient Pr?gjyotishapur and K?mar?pa), known for its goddess shrine, the Devip?tha (Seat of the goddess) K?m?khy?, has enriched the mosaic of the Indian religious tradition with its unique contribution in Shaktism and Tantrism. Shaktism and Tantrism represent a particular phase of religion which was in the main personal and esoteric. Assam or the northeast of Bengal, is the source from which Sh?kta­T?ntric beliefs and practices found its Austric­Tibetan base around Devipitha Kamakhya and it became a strong Tantric center that remained influential in Bengal, Orissa­centric Eastern regions that resulted in mantra, yantra, çakra, etc. In this context, this article tries to address some such interesting features of the Mother Goddess K?m?khy? and her various transformations.

Author Biography

Archana Barua, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Archana Barua is a Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Philosophy), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Published

2016-02-08

How to Cite

Barua, A. (2016). Elements of Magic, Esotericism, and Religion in Shaktism and Tantrism in Light of the Shakti Pitha K?m?khy?. Pomegranate, 17(1-2), 51–70. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v17i1-2.26652

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