KALIKA PURANA ENGLISH PDF

Sanskrit The Kalika Purana 10th century is a Hindu religious text, considered as one of the 18 Upapuranas. The extant text contains 98 chapters with over stanzas and is the only work of the genre dedicated to the worship of the goddess Kali in her manifold forms such as Girija, Devi, Bhadrakali, and Mahamaya. This text describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Kamakhya temple. It glorifies the goddess Kamakhya, or Kamakshi and details the ritual procedures required for worshiping her. However, the main purpose of the text seems to be an attempt to close the gap between mainstream religious practice and the "forbidden" tantric methods, like use of the panchamakara meat, wine, fish, parched grain and sexual intercourse in a ritual context. The work belongs, therefore, to the goddess-oriented Shakta branch of Hinduism.

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Sanskrit The Kalika Purana 10th century is a Hindu religious text, considered as one of the 18 Upapuranas. The extant text contains 98 chapters with over stanzas and is the only work of the genre dedicated to the worship of the goddess Kali in her manifold forms such as Girija, Devi, Bhadrakali, and Mahamaya.

This text describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Kamakhya temple. It glorifies the goddess Kamakhya, or Kamakshi and details the ritual procedures required for worshiping her. However, the main purpose of the text seems to be an attempt to close the gap between mainstream religious practice and the "forbidden" tantric methods, like use of the panchamakara meat, wine, fish, parched grain and sexual intercourse in a ritual context.

The work belongs, therefore, to the goddess-oriented Shakta branch of Hinduism. Most probably it was composed in Kamarupa modern Assam. It is an important work which has been quoted as an authority by the comparatively late Nibandha digests of the smritis writers from all over India, especially regarding Shakti worship.

This Upapurana contains gratuitous material which refers to events and conditions of the remote past. It is also one of the rare Hindu texts that actually mentions the word "Hindu".

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Ask a question Introduction 1. Both of them are described as the two commandments of God sruti. Manu, while declaring two more in addition to these two as the direct sources of dharma assigns the Vedas the first place, which is to be regarded as superior to all others. Smrti in the widest acceptance of the term "includes the six vedangas, the sutras, both srauta and grhya, the law books of Manu and others, the itihasa; i. Ramayana, the puranas, and the nitisastras," As the puranas come under smrti they are next only to the Vedas in their authority to dharma. The puranas are also regarded as the soul of the Vedas. Historically speaking all the puranas are of later origin, i.

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KALIKA PURAN ENGLISH PDF

It exists in many versions, variously organized in 90 to 93 chapters. The surviving versions of the text are unusual in that they start abruptly and follow a format not found in either the major or minor Purana -genre mythical texts of Hinduism. It also describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Brahmaputra River and the Kamakhya Temple. The text states that a human sacrifice may be performed to please the goddess, but only with the consent of prince before a war or cases of imminent danger. The text also states that anyone who is physically handicapped, related to a Brahmin, or "is not willing to die" through the sacrifice is unfit for the ritual. The text describes the rituals associated with a bali, or a rice-paste substitute for enemies prior to a war, but does not describe how the sacrifice was actually done. Most probably it was composed in or near medieval Kamarupa modern Assam.

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