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When a Goddess Dies: Worshipping Ma Anandamayi after Her Death

Orianne Aymard


Calling on concepts of religious experiences and institutionalization, this book explores the devotional movement of the enduring religious figure, Ānandamayī Mā, through the compelling question of what happens to a charismatic movement after the death (mahāsamādhi) of the guru. In her lifetime Mā Ānandamayī, also called the “Human Kālī” in Bengal, became arguably the most famous female religious leader in India, counting hundreds of thousands of followers, including personalities like Kamala Nehru, and her daughter Indira Gandhi, and was venerated in turn as a guru and avatar, incarnation of ... More

Keywords: MāĀnandamayī, divine feminine, guru, Kālī, mahāsamādhi, samādhi, relic, charismatic movement, religious experience, institutionalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199368617
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Orianne Aymard, author