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From Ogress to Goddess: Hariti, A Buddhist Deity / Maheshwari, Madhurika K.
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From Ogress to Goddess: Hariti, A Buddhist Deity
Maheshwari, Madhurika K.
 
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  Book ID : 34623
  ISBN-10 : 81-86786-27-9 / 8186786279
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-86786-27-7 / 9788186786277
  Place of Publication : Mumbai
  Year of Publication : 2009
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  244p., Line Drawings, Gloss., Bib., Index, 29 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:- 1. The Emergences of Hariti. i. From ogress to Goddess. ii. Yaksha cult spans diverse religions. iii. Hariti travels far and wide. iv. Hariti told..and retold. v. Incomplete journey. 2. The ascent of Hariti. i. Merging of the mother Goddesses. ii. In the beginning was Bhima Devi.... iii. Like Jara, like Hariti. iv. Other Mothers: Diti Shashthi, Revati. v. Some more mothers: Jyeshtha and Sitala. vi. Goddesses against smallpox. vii. Jainism's Bahuputrika, Hinduism's Lakshmi and Ardoxsho, the Iranian Goddess. viii. Just one Mother.  3. Hariti worship. i. Salutations to the mother of mankind. ii. Shrines and statues: north to south. iii. Spells and shlokas : the path to vajrayana. iv. O victorious and auspicious one!. v. The rituals of vajrayana. vi. Mantra to find treasures, to banish demons . vii. Feminine face of Buddhism. 4. Hariti outside India. i. On the wings of Buddhism. ii. Central Asia. iii. China. iv. Nepal. v. Tibet. vi. Indonesia. vii. Japan. 5. Iconography down the ages. i. The singular signature of Goddess Hariti. ii. Hariti in the Gandhara region. iii. Hariti in the Kusana period/the Mathura school.  iv. Hariti in the Gupta age after. v Summing up. vi. Shifting iconography, enduring Mother. vii. The rise of indigenous artistic influences. viii. Gupta period : the further flowering of Hariti. 6. Hariti in gold, silver and clay. i. On seals and artifacts. 7. Behind the veil of legend. i. In the beginning was the Great Mother.
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The story of Hariti, simply is the story of a demoness who acquired divine status when she fell under the beneficent spell of the illustrious one, Gautama the Buddha.

Eastern Gods and Goddesses can generally be categorised into those who are benevolent or benign and those inclined to be malevolent or destroyers. Occasionally, some are both. This is particularly so with mother Goddesses. When angered, they can go on a rampage, destroying all in their path right from helpless infants to kingly palaces. When appeased and pleased, they not only grant boons but also restore what they have destroyed. One such ambivalent Mother Goddess is Hariti.

The Buddhist goddess Hariti, comparable to the brahmanical Sitala, has a dramatic life story with many ups and downs. Born to a Yakhsa king, married into another important yaksha family, she turns into a child-eating ogress. Ultimately she is converted by Sakyamuni Buddha himself and attains arhatship. Riding on the Buddhist wave, she becomes a cult figure and travels to Central Asia, Nepal, Tibet, China, Java, and Japan.

This book, researched by Madhurika Maheshwari, has more than 160 photographs and line drawings of Hariti's images from different parts of the world.

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