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Devi-Mahatmyam (The Chandi) Paperback – June 1, 1953
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to the Markandeya Purana. Despite being the MP a MahaPurana
often regarded as a Vaishnava text, the section named Devi Mahatmyam
is perhaps one of the most important texts for the Shakta tradition as well.
It describes the exploits of the Goddess Durga, in her 3 aspects (MahaKali, MahaLaksmi and MahaSaraswati), as a Cosmic defender of the Dharma, destroyer of demons, granter of liberation, overcomer of obstacles, hearer of humans in distress, compassionate reliever of difficulties.
It is a central text of the Liturgy of Durga Puja in Bengal, and its recitation is regarded as a sacred act. There are many complex treaties written on the esoteric and philosophical implications on this beautiful text, and many English translations of the DM are available also on the West.
With this review, I simply would like to bring to the attention
of those few interested readers who may be perhaps unaware that this
particular edition of the DM was originally created by Swami Jagadiswarananda in 1953, has been published and reprinted with no
changes by the Ramakrishna Math, and it is to all extents a true `classic' amidst modern editions of the DM.
It is presented in a small format, suitable to be carried
at all times, offers both Devanagari text and a limpid, rigorous and literal English translation. Given its exceptionally reasonable price, it is a true jewel, and I recommend all the people interesting in the S'akta tradition, as well people interested in Hinduism in general, to have it and cherish it.
i recommend this with the Devi Gita.
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Excellent and exceptable English version.seemed slightly archaic and a lil crude I am very much pleased though cuz it was straight to the point translation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by saffiyeh
Great book. It has not been edited in a very long time, which is why it is one star lower. Others have posted great reviews - my review complements them.Published 10 months ago by DevB
Chances are, if you're checking this out you already know what to expect from this book. It's a classic telling of Durga Ma's most famous tale. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by AS
This the source of a great deal of the Hindu Goddess doctrines. It is nice to access it thus as vital source material at last. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Steve Ono