A Goddess Is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani in Kashmir | Madhu Bazaz Wangu
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A Goddess Is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani in Kashmir

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.

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This book on Khir Bhavani is indeed interesting and long over due. The great goddess has not received due attention outside of the Kashmir valley and the book will certainly help to overcome the lacuna. Dr. Karan Singh, Member Indian Rajya Sabha

Madhu B. Wangu’s account of the emergence of new Goddesses, particularly Khir Bhavani in Kashmir, is fascinating, engaging and significant. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

Written by educator and South Asia Religion expert Madhu Bazaz Wangu, A Goddess is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani in Kashmir is a meticulous and scholarly interpretation of an ancient Kashmiri scripture with its historic context, including visual representations and the Tulmul temple itself in order to reveal the inception of the Kashmiri Goddess Khir Bhavani. An extensively detailed, thoughtful and deftly researched account, A Goddess is Born is highly recommended for Asian Religious Studies reference library collections and reading lists. Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI, USA