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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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 Śiva under Refuse and Goblin's Fourteenth (Lukumahādyaḥ, Piśācacaturdaśī)

 Śiva under Refuse and Goblin's Fourteenth (Lukumahādyaḥ, Piśācacaturdaśī)

(p.169) 9 Śiva under Refuse and Goblin's Fourteenth (Lukumahādyaḥ, Piśācacaturdaśī)
Siva in Trouble

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This chapter presents material on a festival in which Śiva is worshipped as Hidden Mahādeva (Lukumahādyaḥ). The festival is also known as or Goblin's Fourteenth due to the fact that Śiva manifests himself as a demon hiding for(from?) his consort whom he has abused raped? because of her consumption of the polluting substances of garlic and alcohol. In the Newar households, Śiva, depicted in a small stone, is kept hidden in filthy unclean places such as garbage dumps. Ironically, he is worshipped with garlic and alcohol otherwise abhorred by him.

Keywords:   Hindu goddess, garlic, purity/impurity, protective stones

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