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A Priest's Guide for the Great Festival: Aghorasiva's Mahotsavavidhi

Richard H. Davis

Abstract

With the great processions of the gods, images splendidly adorned in jewelry and flower garlands, who move out of the temples and through the streets of the community, Hindu temple festivals have been the most dramatic manifestations of public religiosity in southern India over many centuries up to the present day. They are occasions when ritual, dance, music, and the ephemeral arts of adornment all work to focus the collective devotion of the community onto Siva and the other deities. The Mahotsavavidhi of the eminent Saiva preceptor Aghorasiva, completed in 1157 c.e., provides detailed step‐ ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, Siva, medieval India, processions, festivals, temples, ritual, gods, images, Hindu priest, Chola period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195378528
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378528.001.0001

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Richard H. Davis, author
Bard College
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