ISBN 9788124601044,Lalita-Sahasranama - A Comprehensive Study of One Thousand Names of Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari

Lalita-Sahasranama - A Comprehensive Study of One Thousand Names of Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari



D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9788124601044

ISBN-10 8124601046

Hard Back

Number of Pages 470 Pages
Language (English)


In the Hindu sacred literature, Sahasra-namas: the texts embodying literally the Thousand Names of a deity, constitute a genre in their own right. And Lalita-Sahasranama (LS) is a veritable classic in the traditional writings of the kind- a classic widely acknowledged for its lucidity, clarity and poetic excellence. A medieval work of unknown authorship eulogising Shakti: the Mother Goddess, this Sahasranama is not just a masterly exposition of Shri Lalitas cult, but also sets out the deitys diverse epithets- like, for instance, Kundalini, Nirguna, Saguna, Parashakti or Brahman- which continue to evoke reverence as mantras with mystic powers. Also included among these names are the goddesss other panegyric descriptions that have come to have profound, esoteric connotations in tantric practices- epitomizing, thus, the fundamental tenets of tantrashastra. Here is a brilliant critical edition of Lalita-Sahasranama meticulously analysing, for the first time, each of Shri Lalitas thousand names- by a variety of themes, like the Goddesss conceptual representations, anthropomorphic forms, disposition, abodes, kinshipsconsorts, ritualistic worship, and her supremacy in pantheonic hierarchy. Also explaining and interpreting anew these thousand names on the basis of time-honoured commentaries, Dr. Joshi under-scores the high importance of Lalita-Sahasranama in philosophy, tantra, yoga, sahasranama literature, and rituals of various descriptions. The book includes the original Sanskrit text of LS, its romanised transliteration and, additionally, an Appendix listing Sri Lalitas thousand names in the A-Z sequence.