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The Experience of Srividya at Devipuram

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Religions 2019, 10(1), 14;
Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 20 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Experience in the Hindu Tradition)
This essay discusses the religious experience of Srividya practices at Devipuram in Andhra Pradesh, South India, based on ethnographic studies conducted in 2014 and 2015. A summary of phenomena described by Amritanandanatha Saraswati in his memoirs situates the background. Interviews with three disciples of Amritananda probe their visionary experiences, practical methodologies and relationships with the Goddess. An inter-textual study of interviews, memoirs and narratives helps identify a theme of vision and embodiment—in particular, the aniconic graphic form of the Goddess, the Sriyantra, which is experienced as embodied within the practitioner. View Full-Text
Keywords: Indian Religions; religious experience; Ethnography; tantra; yantra; Srividya Indian Religions; religious experience; Ethnography; tantra; yantra; Srividya
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