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God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place

James Lochtefeld


This book examines how sacred meaning is created, reinforced, and maintained in Hardwar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site (tirtha). Hardwar’s religious identity is inextricably tied to the river Ganges, and the city’s sacred narratives (present and past) present its identity as fixed and unchanging—as for many Hindu pilgrimage sites. This perspective ignores mundane factors such as economic, social, or technological change, which have sharply affected Hardwar’s development in the past two centuries. Yet these two differing visions of Hardwar are both emphatically, simultaneously “real.” The ... More

Keywords: ascetic, Ganges, Hardwar, Hindu pilgrimage, Hindu pilgrimage sites, Hindu religious change, India, panda, pilgrim, pilgrimage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Lochtefeld, author
Carthage College
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