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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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The Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation: The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana 1

The Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation: The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana 1

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(p.233) The Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation: The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana 1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0017

This chapter examines the Skanda Purana, the longest of all the Puranas, and one of its books, the Kedara Khanda. The Kedara Khanda, the first book of the first section, the Maheshvara Khanda, of the Skanda Purana, seems to have an intellectual agenda: its stories deal with abstract themes, rather than a concrete person or a place. One such theme is that of the “undeserving devotee” or “accidental devotee” of the lingam. Of the dogmas that the Kedara Khanda shares with many other Shaiva Puranas is that Shiva subsumes Vishnu within him. The chapter also considers feminism and the deconstruction of Shiva in the Kedara Khanda.

Keywords:   lingam, Skanda Purana, Puranas, Kedara Khanda, devotee, Shiva, Vishnu, feminism

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