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Siva in TroubleFestivals and Rituals at the Pasupatinatha Temple of Deopatan$
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Axel Michaels

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343021.001.0001

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 The Festival of the Goddess Vatsalā

 The Festival of the Goddess Vatsalā

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(p.79) 5 The Festival of the Goddess Vatsalā
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Siva in Trouble
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Axel Michaels (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343021.003.0005

This chapter explores the main festival of Deopatan, the Vatsalājātrā, i.e. the rituals and processions that celebrate the goddess Vatsalā who is regarded as both an independent deity and the consort of Śiva. The climax of the festival is a ritual clash between both deities because Śiva rejects Vatsalā because she accepted animal sacrifices and great amounts of alcohol. The rituals also provide indications of former human sacrifices.

Keywords:   Hindu goddess, Vatsalā, animal and human sacrifice

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