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Sri Sharadamba (The Goddess of Grace)

Sri Sharadamba (The Goddess of Grace)
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Item Code: NAK541
Publisher: Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9788190479936
Pages: 210 (29 Color Images)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 6.5 inch x 5.0 inch
weight of the book: 200 gms

Preface

 

A book on the glory of Sri Sharadamba and the great endeavour of Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada in establishing a shrine for the Goddess at the picturesque spot of Sringeri in the Western Ghats has been a long felt need of the devotees.

 

This need was met with the publication in Tamil of Sri Sharadambal Divya Charitam (The Divine History of Devi Sharadamba) in 2003 by Bharati Kavalar Dr. K Ramamurthi, a prolific writer in the vernacular language.

 

With a fund of information from the Vedas, the Puranas and the Itihasas, he has presented a narrative of absorbing interest, starting with an incident in Brahmaloka necessitating the avatar of Goddess Sarsvati in Bhuloka, going on to the advent of great scholars such as Kumania Bhatta, Visvarupa and Adi Sankara and culminating in the establishment by Adi Sankara of a shrine for her in the form of Sharadamba at Sringeri. The book reflects the versatility and devotion of the author, who has delved deep into the subject.

 

Tattvaloka felt that the benefit of this publication must have a wider range and reach people not familiar with the Tamil language. The result is a free translation of Dr. Ramamurthi's book into English. This interesting task was undertaken by Smt. Rukmani Ramani, a retired bank official in Mumbai assisted by Smt. Kesi Sundaram.

 

Smt. Rukmani Ramani, who has widely travelled in India and abroad, has a flair for narration and a keen interest in Hindu scriptures, through study, reflection and teaching.

 

Smt. Kesi Sundaram, with the benefit of residing in Chennai in the 1950s when the city was flourishing in cultural activities and a teaching career in a college, is also now settled in Mumbai.

 

This book, Sri Sharadamba, besides inculcating a sense of devotion towards the Goddess of Learning, throws light on life in ancient India. With the blessings of His Holiness Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji it is being released early in 2008. It is hoped it will inspire more and more people to visit Sringeri and strive to attain the grace of the Goddess.

 

Contents

 

 

Message from the Administrator, Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri

 

 

Preface

7

 

Jagadguru Speaks

9

 

Chapters

 

1.

In Satyaloka

11

2.

At Mount Kailas

16

3.

Kumarila Bhatta

21

4.

Visvarupa's Birth

29

5.

On the Banks of River Puma

35

6.

In Kashmir and Mahishmati

51

7.

On the Banks of River Sona

56

8.

Bharati in Sonapuri

60

9.

Perfect Matching

74

10.

Bharati-Visvarupa Wedding

83

11.

Journey to Kashmir

103

12.

Life in Kashmir 111

 

13.

Sankara's Digvijayam

121

14.

Mandana's Grihas thashrama

129

15.

In the Mahishmati Mansion

137

16.

Request for Samvada Bhiksha

139

17.

Sankara-Mandana Debate

148

18.

Debate with Ubhaya Bharati

165

19.

Sri Sharadamba at Sringeri

174

20.

Sri Sharadamba as Guru

185

21.

Navaratri at Sringeri

196

 

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