A Goddess is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani in Kashmir

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Spark Publishers, 2002 - Khīra Bhavānī (Hindu deity) - 265 pages
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A Goddess is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani is a fascinating account of the emergence of the Kashmiri goddess. The author analyzes and interprets Khir Bhavani's historic context, texts, visual representations, her temple at the village Tulmul and uncovers compelling details. The book makes known how millions of Hindu deities have emerged through centuries.  

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This book is more than 80% being copy pasted from the works of Pt Prem Nath Handoo's work "Maharagnya Pradurbhawa" released and published earlier by Pramananda Research Institute. One fail to understand as to how this is considered even as a book and not a copied version of the earlier hard work and research by our noted scholars. 

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An excellent work by Madhu ji and needs all appreciation. I had not come across such a detailed book on Mata Khir Bhawani.I shall recommend every Kashmiri Pandit to have this book in their home. Thanks Madhu Ji.

About the author (2002)

Madhu B. Wangu is an author and the founder of Writing Meditation for Mindful Writers. She has a doctorate in the phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh (1988) and a post-doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University (1989-1991). For fifteen years she taught Hindu and Buddhist art history at various universities. A member of Pennwriters Organization she was its board member from 2007-10012.

Madhu Wangu has written two books about goddesses. Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings and Models, (Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, 2003) discusses the meaning of goddess myths and symbols. A Goddess is Born, (Spark Publishers, 2002) details the social, political, and cultural meanings of the Kashmiri goddess, Khir Bhavani. She has also written two extensively illustrated books for young adults, Hinduism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1991) and Buddhism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1993).

Based on decades of meditation Madhu Wangu has developed Writing Meditation Method. In 2010 she founded the Mindful Writers Group. Five years since its inception, the group has twenty members and a waiting list. The success of the practice is evident in the novels and books written and published by the members.

Her CD, “Meditations for Mindful Writers” (2011) has inspired professional as well as novice writers to practice their skill with mindfulness. Writing Meditation Method improves focus, reduces stress and anxiety, removes blocks, and increases writing flow. Due to the success of the Mindful Writers Group (North), Dr. Wangu is starting a second group of Mindful Writers in the east of Pittsburgh beginning March 2016.

Madhu Wangu’s debut collection, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion was released in April 2015. Her novel, An Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is to be released in April 2016. Currently, she is writing her second novel, The Last Suttee. 

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