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Siva in TroubleFestivals and Rituals at the Pasupatinatha Temple of Deopatan$
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Axel Michaels

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343021.001.0001

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 The Worship for the Salvation of the Country (Deśoddhārapūjā)

 The Worship for the Salvation of the Country (Deśoddhārapūjā)

(p.55) 3 The Worship for the Salvation of the Country (Deśoddhārapūjā)
Siva in Trouble

Axel Michaels (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter describes and analyzes the Worship for the Salvation of the Country (Deóddhārapūjā). It is a festival and procession during which a group of representatives from the four classes (varṇa), built out of eight castes, are worshipped by the Newar population of Deopatan. Apparently, the varṇa scheme has been imposed on the local caste system involving all major social groups in order to harmonize tantric and smārta forms of worship. The festival is a fascinating field of study for its elaborated ṭīkā exchange and the binding of huge turbans for the varṇa representatives.

Keywords:   Varṇa system, caste, tantric and smārta Hinduism, turban, ṭīkā

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