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Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess: The Liturgy of the Durga Puja With Interpretations Paperback – January, 2003

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[a] significant analytic overview of an important ritual s layered meanings this book is a critical reference work on the subject of Durg p j and promises to be a useful resource for anyone interested in further study. International Journal of Hindu Studies
As a study of the liturgy, this book is certainly meticulously researched, and the author takes great care to explain the various elements on the basis of readings of the available printed sources and to incorporate countless examples of stories, myths, and everyday references. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"This book fills a niche. There is no complete translation and step-by-step presentation of the Durga Puja. The Durga Puja is a topic which is significant not only for the study of Hindu goddesses, but also for all kinds of Hindu puja and for ritual studies in general." --Kathleen M. Erndl, coeditor of Is the Goddess a Feminist?: The Politics of South Asian Goddesses
"The textual detail of the puja and its analysis is detailed, nuanced, and compelling. The descriptive material on the social, narrative, aesthetic, and performative dimensions is also well done. This will be the book on Durga Puja." -- Paul B. Courtright, coeditor of From the Margins of Hindu Marriage"

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During a nine-day period every autumn, Hindus in India and throughout the world worship the Great Goddess, Durgaµ-the formidable deity who is loved like a mother. One of the most dramatic and popular of these celebrations is the Durgaµ Puµjaµ, a rite noted for its visual pageantry, ritual complexity, and communal participation. In this book, Hillary Peter Rodrigues describes the Bengali style of Durgaµ Puµjaµ practiced in the sacred city of Banaras from beginning to end. A romanization of the Sanskrit litany is included along with an English translation. In addition to the liturgical --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791454002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791454008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book is what I expected and worth the money. It has valuable information. There is probably no other book like this. It has a description in English of each part of the Durga Puja, but as I have never seen Durga Puja, I don't know for sure if the book includes everything. I wish that the Bengali words were there also, spelled in English alphabet.
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