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

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 | 58 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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Shakti Pith #28: Kankalitala

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 | 11 comments

  Kankalitala: Mandir and Sacred Kund   While at first glance appearing to be no more than a modest rural temple, a closer examination of the Kankalitala Mandir reveals a unique mythology coupled with a...

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Kali Puja: A Celebration of Light and Darkness

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 | 4 comments

    Kali Puja is celebrated on the New Moon day of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin.  This is also the same day on which the famous festival of light, Diwali, is observed. Throughout this occasion, an...

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Transmissions from Tarapith

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 | 3 comments

  October 3rd, 2011 2:00 A.M.   After much difficulty obtaining a train and then getting fined 596 rupees because there were no available seats, we finally arrive at the Rampurhat station around 11:30 at...

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Evening Aarti at Kalighat’s Northern Entrance

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 | 0 comments

  It is now 2 a.m. and I am staying up all night to see what I can collect from the opening ceremonies of Durga Puja early tomorrow morning near the Kalighat Kali Mandir. Julie and I were invited to attend an...

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Bengali Children Singing

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 | 0 comments

    Durga Puja is fast approaching and Kolkata is becoming a mad house–in a good way. The general vibe surrounding West Bengal’s biggest holiday is one of awe. Right now, I’m observing the most...

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