Sanskrit The Kalika Purana 10th century is a Hindu religious text, considered as one of the 18 Upapuranas. The extant text contains 98 chapters with over stanzas and is the only work of the genre dedicated to the worship of the goddess Kali in her manifold forms such as Girija, Devi, Bhadrakali, and Mahamaya. This text describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Kamakhya temple. It glorifies the goddess Kamakhya, or Kamakshi and details the ritual procedures required for worshiping her. However, the main purpose of the text seems to be an attempt to close the gap between mainstream religious practice and the "forbidden" tantric methods, like use of the panchamakara meat, wine, fish, parched grain and sexual intercourse in a ritual context.

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Ask a question Introduction 1. Both of them are described as the two commandments of God sruti. Manu, while declaring two more in addition to these two as the direct sources of dharma assigns the Vedas the first place, which is to be regarded as superior to all others. Smrti in the widest acceptance of the term "includes the six vedangas, the sutras, both srauta and grhya, the law books of Manu and others, the itihasa; i.

Ramayana, the puranas, and the nitisastras," As the puranas come under smrti they are next only to the Vedas in their authority to dharma. The puranas are also regarded as the soul of the Vedas. Historically speaking all the puranas are of later origin, i. It is why itihasa and puranas are recommended for proper understand- ing the meaning of the saying of the Vedas.

However, we come across with another traditional view which holds that the puranas are older than the Vedas,. Such an assertion, no doubt, goes against the traditionally accepted order and seems to be an anachronism.

The significance of the saying may be traced in the fact that the oral tradition of the puranas is as old, or even older than the Vedas, Though the puranas were compiled in historic time the oral tradition was handed down in the society since time immemorial, which swelled with the passage of time.

In fact; some puranas seem to preserve certain pre- Vedic traditions and rites. The Brhadaranyakopanisad says that puranas sprang up from the remainder ucchista of Brahma after the destruc- of tion the Universe. Puranas are recognised as a branch of learning in the Brahmanas. The Satapatha. The Gopatha-bra. As such their study is regard. The Puranas for the ages have been the mines not only of mytho- logy and cosmic theory of creation and destruction of the world but also the fountain head of hopes and ideals for the society, strength and inspiration of the people.

The puranas are encyclopedic in contents and exhaus- tive in treatment of subjects. They are both the documents of the socio- religious order of the contemporary society, and the philosophy of life to the people of their time and to the infuture generations. The Puranas used. The puranas are always popular with the masses of this subcontinent because they are accessible and intelligible to one and all, became: they disseminate knowledge to the people of all strata of the.

How these charac- teristics have developed? When such characteristics came to be regarded as essentials? To answer these questions the- entire Purana literature is to be studied in chronological order. There is no scope for such a study in this brief introduction to this purana. Ksirasvamin 11th cent. D, in his commentary, Amarodghatana, on Amarakosa lst kanda quotes the five characteristics which a purana is to possess.

In eight of the aighteen puranas these five characteristics are found mentioned. The Skanda. Colebrooke in his edition of the Amarakosa states on pancalaksana. What is significant almost all our puranas, their sectarian character, i. Wilson in the preface to his English translation of the Visnupurana pp;.

However, Wilson goes on pointing out that non-adherence to these -characteristics by majority. Do they conform to the description? Not exactly in anyone instance; to some it is utterly inapplic- able; to others it only partially applies.

There is not one to which it belongs so entirely as to the Visnu.



Tojalkree Articles containing Sanskrit-language text. She took the form of Kushmanda, when she did not find anything around her. Member feedback about Kalighat: As such their study is regarded as obligatory without which a person, even though well versed in the Vedas is not considered as a skilful one. Here I present an abridged version of the summary of Kalika Purana.


Kalika Purana Sanskrit 1948 - Khemraj Edition (4 PDF Files)

It exists in many versions, variously organized in 90 to 93 chapters. The surviving versions of the text are unusual in that they start abruptly and follow a format not found in either the major or minor Purana -genre mythical texts of Hinduism. It also describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Brahmaputra River and the Kamakhya Temple. The text states that a human sacrifice may be performed to please the goddess, but only with the consent of prince before a war or cases of imminent danger. The text also states that anyone who is physically handicapped, related to a Brahmin, or "is not willing to die" through the sacrifice is unfit for the ritual.


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