xii, 148p., Charts, Illus., 24 B/W Photos; Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- Preface; List of Illustrations; Transliteration Charts; Kasi and Sakta Contribution: An Introduction; Kasi as Saktipitha; Fasts and Festivals of Goddess in Varanasi; Devi-Yantra in Kasi; Sakti Images from Varanasi: A Case Study of Bharat Kala Bhawan Sculptures; Devi in the Wall Painting Art of Kasi; Images of Jaina Goddess in Kasi; Sakti in the Folk Songs of Kasi; Chief Sakta Exponents of Kasi; Some Distinctive Methods of Sakti Worship: Family Rituals of the Maharashtrians in Kasi; Symbols and Sakti Worship; Rituals Materials in Sakti Worship; List of Contributions.
The worship of Sakti (mother Goddess) is almost a universal phenomenon and its manifestation is seen in different forms. Indian contribution has also been laudable and it is amply noticed through the figure of Mother-Goddesses even from the pre-Indus Culture. This was followed in the subsequent ages throughout India, and Varanasi being a great religious centre has also left an indelible imprints in this regard.