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CULT OF THE MOTHER
MOTHER GODDESS CANDI
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aboriginal adoration age-old alias amongst ancient animals annual festival annual worship Aryan Asda at-chut auspicious days Bagdi Bankura Barisha Bauri beliefs belonging Bhaktyas Birbhum Brahmin Brahmin-priest Candi castes and communities Century A.D. ceremony concept cult culture deity Candl deltaic Bengal Devi Devl devotees Deyashi Dhanapati Dhibar district Dravidian Durga Earth Earth-Goddess female deities figurines Goddess Candl gods Gram-devatas guardian deity Harappa Hindu Hindu-Brahminical hinduised Howrah icon India indigenous influence Jaicandl jal-achal Kalika Purana Kalketu Karmakar Kayastha Kharias Khullana Lodha Maha Mahabharata Mahishya Makardaha Mangal Candl Mangal Kavyas Markandeya Purana Medinipur Mohenjodaro Mother Goddess namely Nilambara non-Aryan offerings Oraon origin pantheon pattern period popular prevalent priest Puja Ramayana rank and status Raspur region religion religious Rg-Veda rites and rituals ritualistic sacred Sakta Sakti Sanskritic Santal scriptures shrine of Candl Siva social society sun-dried rice temple tradition tree tribal tutelary deity usually various Veda Vedic village deities West Bengal