Chamundesvari Temple In Mysore (A Rare Book)

Chamundesvari Temple In Mysore (A Rare Book)

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Item Code: NAB738
Author: B.B. GoswamiS.G. Morab
Publisher: Anthropological Survey of India, Kolktata
Edition: 1991
ISBN: 8185579024
Pages: 70 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W and Three Colour)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.2 inch X 6.2 inch
Weight 230 gm

Seventeen years ago this book was published. The book has gone out of stock. We understand that there is a large demand for this book from lay readers, pilgrims and social scientists.

When we collected data for this book about eight years before its first publication, Indian currency was in terms of rupees, annas and paise. The rate was sixteen annas or sixty-four paise for a rupee. Though this has been totally changed we have decided to retain the old rate of transaction in the book. As a matter of fact, the second edition of the book does not contain any change in style and content. Only a few corrections, addition of a few photographs and minor clarifications have been made here and there.

We are grateful to Dr. K. S. Singh, Director General for permitting the publication of the second editor. We also acknowledge the help rendered by the members of the Printing and Publication Section particularly Shri H. K. Barthwal and shri Pijush Kanti Mukherjee in production of this edition.


In a seminar organised by the Anthropological Survey of India at Calcutta on "Research Programmes on Anthropology and Allied Disciplines" in 1967, it was decided that several research projects should be taken up by the Survey on the "Study of Complex Religious Institutions” for a proper understanding of the changing social organisation of Indian Civilisation.

Shri B. B. Goswami and Shri S. G. Morab were assigned the task of studying in detail the organisation of temple functionaries and the traditions and rituals associated with the temple of Chamundesvari. In their study of the sacred complex of Chamundesvari temple the authors have gone beyond the temple proper and have surveyed also the thirty two sacred shrines and temples on the Chamundi hills in order to the elements of ‘little’ and ‘great’ traditions. Where as to the common people of Mysore, mostly the non-Brahmins, the deity is regarded as the presiding deity of Mysore city and its surrounding regions, the literati consider her as a female force of the Almighty as described in the Sanskrit texts of yore. The report indicates bow the cult of Chamundesvari complex has been supported by its association with various castes and by the over-riding patronage of the forma ruling family of Mysore.




  Preface to the Second Edition iii
  Foreword v
Chapter One: Sacred Geography, Temples and Minor Shrines, Maths, Shantasrama, Sivanandasrama, Places Associated with Myths, Mantapa (Platform). 1-8
Chapter Two: Organisation of Temple Functionaries and Traditions Administration, Finances, Functionaries of the Temple, Sacred Specialist Non-Brahmin, Function of the Sivarchaka Specialists, Patron and Priest Relationship, Sacred Specialist Brahmin, Functions of the Brahmin Specialists, Types of Patronage, Ritual Services (Seva), Other Non-Brahmin Functionaries, Functions of Temple Servants, Non- Brahmin Traditions Associated with the Temple. 9-41
Chapter Three: Worship of the Chamundesvari Deity, Devotees Visiting the Temple, Purpose of Worship, Attendance of Devotees on Festival Occasions, Worship of the Chamundesvari Deity in the Rural Hinterland, Comprehension of the Deity, Patron Families, Observance of Chamun desvari Festival, Naming the Children, Worship of Chamundesvari in Mysore City, Symbolised Forms of the Deity, Motivations for the Worship, Comprehension of the Deity. 42-56
Appendix A: Ritual Complex of the Uttanahalli Goddess. 57-59
Appendix B: Observance of Chamundesvari Festival in Mysore City. 60-62
  References 63

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