A lot of work has been done on the goddess Durga. and her popular myths. but little attention has been paid to the Mahisasuramardini myth. The Devi Mahatmya itself has been interpreted by a few scholars, but not from the view points of symbolism and myth of this motif. This attempt hopes to fill such a lacuna.
The author has divided her study into five chapters to illustrate each and every aspect of the present work, i.e... Study of Myth and its Meaning: The cult of the Mother Goddess: The Vedic Period: The Matrs and Kali and Durga, the Great Goddess. To assess the Mahiṣasuramardini myth. symbols from Jung's and cassirer's viewpoint are also discussed by the author. Western and Indian mythical traditions are examined. Wherever possible original Sanskrit references are provided.
Some interesting points encountered in this study are analysed, leading to fresh insights. Would the stature of the Goddess reflect the position of women of that society? How to explain the anomalous position of women as compared to the supremacy voluntarily acceded to the Goddess by the Aryan gods? How is it that
man has tried to deify motherhood but tries to control the single fen Why should the human mind awl propitiate the polarities contained the female principle as a deity? W were the Asuras and their leader Mahisa, and what is their background?
Royalty and laity have all lovin portrayed the Goddess in her role Mahisasuramardini over the entire length and breadth of the country, cutting across all barriers of langu and geography.
This is the first work published by Dr. Indira S. Aiyar (gold medalist). The rich information presented here on all aspects of the goddess myth shows the in-depth study of the subject. The author is continuing research on her favourite subject Indology. She contributes articles ar book-reviews to journals and periodicals.
At present she is associated with t editorial work of a bi-monthly Tattvaloka (Mumbai).
I would like to express my gratitude to all those scholars, friends and well wishers who have lended me a helping hand in the completion of this study. My special thanks are due to Prof. Y.S. Walimbe, who as my
guiding teacher had introduced me to the subject of Myth and
Symbolism, affording a fresh approach to the subject, sharpening
my perception of the myth.
I express my deep gratitude to Prof. Ajay Mitra Shastri for encouraging me in the first place to publish the dissertation and now readily agreeing to write the Foreword.
I wish to thank Prof. K.K.A. Venkatachari, the Founder Director of Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai, for his encouragement. It is with pleasure and gratitude that I acknowledge my
family's supportive attitude and encouragement, but for which
this study would not have been possible.
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Brahma Sutras (85)
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