Guests at God's Wedding: Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares

Guests at God's Wedding: Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares

by Tracy Pintchman

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ISBN-13: 9780791465967
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tracy Pintchman is Professor of Hindu Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition and the editor of Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess, both also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents



Prelude to a Book
Confessions of an Inexpert Ethnographer
Contours of the Book

1. Kartik as a Sacred Month: The Kartik Vrat in

Text and Context
Kartik and the Hindu Calendar
Textual Sources and Kartik
The Texts of the Kartik Mahatmya
Kartik and Auspiciousness
The Kartik Vrat
Eulogy and Narrative in the Kartik Mahatmyas: Glorifying Kartik and the Kartik Vrat
The Bhishmapancak and the Bhishmapancak Vrat

2. Kartik's Religious Celebrations and the Churning of the Ocean of Milk

Krishna and Kartik
Sharat Purnima (Autumn Full Moon)
Karva Cauth
Govatsa Dvadashi
Yamatrayodashi and Dhanteras
Narak Caturdashi
Kartik Shukla Pratipada/Govadhan Worship/Annakut
Yamdvitiya or Bhaiya Duj
Nag Nathaiya
Dala Chath or Surya Chath
Akshaya Navami
Prabodhani Ekadashi and the Tulsi Vivaha
Vaikunth Caturdashi
Kartik Purnima

3. Adoring Krishna at the River's Edge: The Practice of Kartik Puja

Setting the Stage, and a Tale of Two Votaries
Performing Kartik Puja

4. Krishna, Kartik, and Hindu Women's Lives

Being a Sakhi in Kartik Puja
Krishna as Lover, Husband, and Son
Radha and Tulsi in Kartik Puja Traditions
Concluding Remarks

5. Kartik Puja Traditions and Women's Empowerment

Appendix: Transliterated Song Texts

Works Cited

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