In this book, Madhu B. Wangu gives a fascinating account of the emergence of the Kashmiri Goddess Khir Bhavani. She analyzes and interprets her historic context, sacred text, paintings, and her temple at Tulmul in Kashmir, uncovering some engaging interpretations.
Dr. Wangu’s appealing writing and her significant research will engage general readers. They will understand how millions of Hindu deities have emerged. Expatriated Kashmirirs around the world, who feel nostalgic about the valley, will enjoy rediscovering the tradition and history of their favorite goddess. Kashmiri pandits, in particular, will discern some of their peculiarities as Khir Bhavani represents their ethos as well as their worldview.