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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Great Women of India
Article/Chapter Title:Evolution of Mother Worship in India
Editor(s):Madhavananda, Swami; Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra
Author(s):Das Gupta, Shasi Bushan
Publisher Name:Advaita Ashrama
Place of Publication:Mayavati Pithoragarh, Himalayas
Date of Publication:1982
Annotation:In this essay on the origins and development of mother worship in India, Das Gupta argues that the long history of Goddess worship has played a formative role in Indian religion and culture. After discussing the various goddesses of the Vedas, who eventually merged into the single mother goddess of the Puranic Age, she considers the philosophy of Shakti. Lastly, she addresses devotees of the Mother such as Ramprasad, Shri Ramakrishna, and Shri Aurobindo and concludes by considering the positive implications of the legacy of mother worship for Indian women and for Indian culture in general.
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