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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My DreamsKali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal$
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Rachel Fell McDermott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134354.001.0001

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Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya and the Śākta Padāvalī Tradition

Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya and the Śākta Padāvalī Tradition

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(p.204) 7 Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya and the Śākta Padāvalī Tradition
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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams
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Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134354.003.0008

An assessment is made of Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya's poetic contributions to the Bengali Hindu Śākta literature in the light of the textual precedents examined in Ch. 5. The first part of the chapter looks briefly at the texts, editions, and musical notations. The remainder is devoted to the Kālī‐centered poetry, examining in turn the Śākta padas, and a Tantric meditation manual, Sādhak Rañjan (which is treated more briefly). Many quotations are included. A short conclusion assesses Kamalākānta's role in evolving trends in the goddesses Kālī and Umā.

Keywords:   Bengal, Bengali, Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya, Hinduism, history, India, Kālī, poetry, poets, Śāktism, Tantrism, Umā

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