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Drinking from the Fountain of Desire: A Darshan of Ma Kamakhya

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 | 3 comments

  Thursday October 17th, 2013     After observing the massive crowds this temple can attract, I decided to do the heroic thing and pull an all-nighter, figuring that an early arrival would insure a...

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It’s Just Begun

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 | 0 comments

    July 27th, 2013:     It’s been seventeen days since I arrived at my new hometown of Santiniketan, West Bengal. For the most part, it has largely been a perilous ordeal, and if it weren’t...

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Shakti Pith #19: Kalighat Kali Mandir

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 | 9 comments

  Early medieval accounts of the shakti piths (centers of power) cite Kalighat as the dwelling place of a particularly fierce manifestation of the goddess, known as Dakshina (“south-facing”) Kalika. Once...

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Kali Yantra Variations

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 | 10 comments

  I have spent a great deal of time recently learning how to use vector image editing software for geometric design. This is both fun and frustrating since I am used to doing it the old fashioned way––working...

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Shakti Pith #47: The Mahishamardini Mandir of Bakreshwar

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 | 2 comments

  Bakreshwar: A Conflux of Shaiva and Shakta Tradition   Although Bakreshwar, West Bengal is primarily renowned for its Shiva temple and therapeutic hot springs, these attractions tend to overshadow its...

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Tarapith: Fire, Blood, Magic, and Sati’s Third Eye

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 | 16 comments

  Is Tarapith a Shakti Pith?   While Tarapith is often not considered a “true” shakti pith due to its rather curious omission from the list of 51 sacred sites found in the Mahapithanirupana,...

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