Siva in Trouble

Siva in Trouble : Festivals and Rituals at the Pasupatinatha Temple of Deopatan

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The town of Deopatan, three kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, is above all famous for its main sanctum, the temple of Pa'supati, the 'lord of the animals,' a form of 'Siva and the tutelary deity of the kings of Nepal since ancient times. By its name alone, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has made itself known far beyond the Kathamndu Valley. However, for the dominant Newar population the town is by no means merely the seat of 'Siva or Pa'supati. It is also a city of wild goddesses and other deities. Due to this tension between two strands of Hinduism - the pure, vegetarian Smarta Hinduism and the Newar Hinduism which implies alcohol and blood sacrifices - 'Siva/Pa'supati has more than once been in trouble, as the many festivals and rituals descripbed and analyzed in this book reveal. Deopatan is a contested field. Different deities, agents social groups, ritual specialists, and institutions are constantly seeking dominance, challenging and even fighting each other, thus contributing to social and political dynamics and tensions that are indeed distinct in South Asia. It is these aspects on which Axel Michaels concentrates in this book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195343026
  • 9780195343021

Review quote

a multi-faceted and first-hand account of religious practice at and around Nepal's eminent temple complex, this book is an excellent monograph and can be regarded as essential reading on Himalayan religion. * Martin Gaenszle, Asienforum *show more

Table of contents

1. The Pasupatinatha Temple Area ; 2. The Procession of Lamentation (Duducyacyajatra) ; 3. The Worship for the Salvation of the Country (Desoddharapuja) ; 4. The Festival of the Goddess Pigaamai ; 5. The Festival of the Goddess Vatsala ; 6. The Procession with the Trident (Trisljatra) ; 7. The Goddess of the Secret and her Procession (Guhyesvarijatra) ; 8. Bala's Fourteenth (Balacaturdasi) ; 9. Siva under Refuse and Goblin's Fourteenth (Lukumahadya?, Pisacacaturdasi) ; 10. The Great Night of Siva (MahaSivaratri) ; 11. Pasupatinatha as a Place of Pilgrimage (Tirthayatras) ; 12. Deopatan Revisitedshow more

About Axel Michaels

Professor of Classical Indology, University of Heidelbergshow more