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Kalika Purana is one of the 18 Upa Puranas minor Puranas and is one of the most important texts of Shaktism and Tantrism. Its authority is evidenced by the fact that quotes from it are found in smriti digests compiled in different parts of India. Shastri considers the creation of Kalika Purana to be the middle of the 9th century [2]. All researchers unanimously call the place of its creation Kamarupa - an important center of the Shakti cult in the Indian state of Assam. The text of Kalika Puranas is devoted to mythology and rituals of worship of various manifestations of the highest female deity: Sati chapters , Mahamaya chapters , 56 , Durga chap.

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Kalika Purana is one of the 18 Upa Puranas minor Puranas and is one of the most important texts of Shaktism and Tantrism. Its authority is evidenced by the fact that quotes from it are found in smriti digests compiled in different parts of India. Shastri considers the creation of Kalika Purana to be the middle of the 9th century [2]. All researchers unanimously call the place of its creation Kamarupa - an important center of the Shakti cult in the Indian state of Assam. The text of Kalika Puranas is devoted to mythology and rituals of worship of various manifestations of the highest female deity: Sati chapters , Mahamaya chapters , 56 , Durga chap.

Particular attention is paid to the precepts regarding the worship of Kamakhya - the erotic manifestation of the Goddess chapters , The myth of Mahish in Kalika Purana is developing in a peculiar way.

In it, Mahisha becomes the embodiment of Shiva , and thus the Goddess kills her own spouse, about which, however, he asks her chapter The text is also interesting because it lists a large number of yoginis, many of which are not in similar lists in other texts chapters In Kalika Purana, the Goddess enters as the material cause of the phenomenal world and the embodiment of all energy, consciousness and bliss.

The world owes its appearance to her; she owes her birth to no one chapter 5. Unlike the Devi Bhagavata Purana , which emphasizes the priority of the Vedas and the blessed forms of the deity, in Kalika Purana the influence of tantric ideas and practices is more noticeable. The text refers to the use of meat, drugs and sexual intercourse in the ritual.

A special section - Mahamaya-kalpa - is devoted to the rules for making animal sacrifices chapter Even the sacrifice of people is allowed — it is said that human sacrifice is pleasing to the Goddess chapter The Purana contains two lists of pith - holy places of the Goddess.

In one of them, 5 piths are mentioned chap. There are also chapters on the science of governance chap. The most important section in Kalika Purana is considered to be the section dedicated to the worship of the Goddess. Shiva himself acts as the narrator in it. He explains the confusing ceremonies, but not to his wife Parvati , as is usually the case in tantras, but to his sons Bringa and Mahakala, who were born on earth as human beings with the faces of the monkeys of Vetal and Bhairava - they reached this low state due to the curse and are now trying to return it again lost divinity.

The only way to do this is by worshiping the Goddess, the wife of Shiva and their own mother. This section deals with the cult of such manifestations of the Goddess as Mahamaya chapters and 56 , Durga chap. Particular attention is paid to Kamakhya, the mountainous Assamese goddess identified with the Highest Devi chap. This fragment contains the myths of the Shaivite cycle:.

It is also told that Sati, after his death, some time later reincarnates in the image of Parvati , the daughter of the king of the mountains of Himawat Himalayas and the Apsara of Mena.

The statement of the myth of love between Shiva and Parvati in Kalika Purana almost completely coincides with the versions presented in other Puranas and Kumarasambhava , but then in chapter 46 an original and interesting story is found, which is found only in Kalika Purna.

Shiva replies to this that due to the termination of intercourse, Parvati will become childless chapter The fire does not carry the seed into the womb of the Ganges chapter The Ganges leaves the newborn in the midst of reed thickets chapter Skanda grows and, having become the leader of the host of the gods, kills asura Taraku chap. But at the same time, one very important and original moment appears here: Shiva is not only the father of Skanda , but also two creatures of divine nature.

Translation into Russian was done from the original publication: The Kalikapurana. Text, introduction and translation in English by Prof. BN Shastri. Translation into Russian is designed for a trained reader who is well acquainted with the philosophy and mythology of Hinduism in general and Shaivism and Shaktism in particular.

Kalika Purana. Kalika Purana can be divided into three large parts: Chapters 1 through 51 are exclusively mythological narratives; Chapters 52 to 75 are religious precepts and related myths; Chapters 75 to 90 98 - the prevalence of mythological narrative. This fragment contains the myths of the Shaivite cycle: about the love of Shiva and Parvati ; about the birth of Scanda ; about the descent of Shiva and Parvati to the earth in the image of the royal couple Chandrashekhara and Taravati and about their sons: Vetale and Bhairava.

The text of Kalika Purana on the website of the translator A. Ignatiev to the Russian translation of Kalika Purana. Kaliningrad, ,

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Kalika Purana

With the holy nine nights under way we decided to talk about the kAlikA purANa. It may be considered a mixture of traditional purANa and a tantra shAstra manual. The purANa part is dominant in the first 45 chapters of the text. The tantra-shAstra portion with a clear spatial connection to the yoni pITha of kAmAkhyA is seen in the remain 45 chapters. Together, the 90 chapters contain shloka-s. The story frame is in the form of the brAhmaNa-s questioning the bhArgava mArkaNDeya, who in turn narrates the stories as his is usual custom. In the later half it becomes a discourse between sagara and his preceptor the bhArgava aurva.

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It exists in many versions, variously organized in 90 to 93 chapters. The surviving versions of the text are unusual in that they start abruptly and follow a format not found in either the major or minor Purana -genre mythical texts of Hinduism. This text in attributed to sage Markendeya, and starts off with the legends of Devi trying to bring Shiva back from ascetic life into householder's life by making him fall in love again. It also describes in detail the rivers and mountains at Kamarupa tirtha and mentions the Brahmaputra River and the Kamakhya Temple. Chapters 67 through 78 of the text constitute the Rudhiradhyaya which discusses bali animal sacrifice and of Vamacara Tantrism. The text states that a human sacrifice may be performed to please the goddess, but only with the consent of prince before a war or cases of imminent danger.

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