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The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York
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The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York: Breaking Convention and Making Home at a North American Hindu Temple

Corinne G. Dempsey


This book is a portrayal of a flourishing Hindu temple in the town of Rush, New York, dedicated to the great south Indian goddess Rājarājeśwarī. Guided by an exuberant Sri Lankan guru known as Aiya, temple practitioners embrace yet definitively break with tradition. Known for its ritual precision and extravagance, the temple and its guru defy convention by training and encouraging non-brahmans and women to publicly perform priestly roles, and by teaching the secrets of Śrīvidyā, a highly exclusive Tantric tradition. Weaving together traditional South Asian tales, temple miracle accounts, and d ... More

Keywords: Hindu, diaspora, Śrīvidyā, Tantric, Sri Lankan, Rājarājeśwarī, miracles, women, ritual, guru

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195187298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195187296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne G. Dempsey, author
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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