Devi: The Great Goddess

Devi (in Sanskrit and in English)
Interpreting Devi
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Procession image of Parvati. Photo by Dick Waghorne.
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Devi through the Ages
Worshiping Devi
Devi and Women
Interpreting Devi
In this section, we explore how the Goddess has evolved through the centuries and how society interacts with her. Devi Through The Ages discusses the iconographic and symbolic development of the Hindu goddess from prehistoric Indian times to the modern age. Worshiping Devi examines some popular rituals and festivals celebrated in different parts of India. Finally, Devi And Women ponders over why the worship of a powerful, empowered Goddess, does not lead to the automatic empowerment of Hindu women.
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