xii, 242p., Abb., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (First pub. in 1974) (Second Revised Edition pub. in 1996)
CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction: The Pre-Vedic Elements. 2. The Vedic Age. 3. The Formative Period (c. 600 BC-AD 300). 4. Rise of Saktism: The Gupta Age and After (AD 300-700). 5. The Period of Sakta Expansion (AD 700-1000). 6. Early Medieval Saktism (AD 1000-1300). 7. Late Medieval Saktism (AD 1300-1700). 8. Modern Saktism (from AD 1700). 9. A Note on Sakta Philosophy.
The present work deals comprehensively with the genesis and development of Saktism as an organised but felexible and receptive religion its premitive, ancient medieval and modern forms, its involvement with other religious system and finaly its functional role, in every turning point of Indian history.