Shakti- 51 Sacred Peethas Of The Goddess
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Shakti- 51 Sacred Peethas Of The Goddess

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Item Code: TZZ614
Author: Alka Pande
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 9789390356492
Pages: 242 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Other Details: 8.50 X 5.50 inches
Weight 260 gm
About the Book
The story of Devi Sati and Lord Shiva ended tragically with the death of Sati. An angry and inconsolable Shiva took Sati's lifeless body and started the Rudra Tandava, or the dance of destruction. To save the world, Lord Vishnu used his 'Sudharshan Chakra' to cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Each part fell at different places on Earth and each became a revered Shakti Peetha.

Renowned writer and historian Dr Alka Pande narrates that while the Shakti Peethas represent a single philosophical fold, they are a testament to the diverse legends of Shakti. Different Peethas, which became holy at the touch of Sati's body, have survived hundreds of centuries and have kept alive their local folklore of Shakti. Together they evoke the Mother Goddess as both the nourishing and the destructive force behind the existence of the cosmos.

Still, the 51 Peethas featured in the book can never be an absolute representation of the Peethas of the Goddess, since the Devi is anywhere and everywhere.

About the Author
DR ALKA PANDE is one of India's leading authors, art historians and curators. Some of her prominent books are Body Sutra: Tracing the Human Form through Art & Imagination; Ardhanarishvara, the Androgyny: Probing the Gender Within; The New Age Kamasutra for Women; and Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty. She is currently the consultant art advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Dr Pande has received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government; the Australia-India Council Special Award; and the Loreal Paris Femina Woman of the Year in Design and Arts.

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