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The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kalighat and Kolkata

Deonnie Moodie


This book is about what temples do for Hindus in the modern era, particularly those who belong to India’s diverse and evolving middle classes. While many excoriate these sites as emblematic of all that is backward about Hinduism and India, many others work to modernize them so that they might become emblems of a proud heritage and of the nation’s future. I take Kālīghāṭ Temple, a powerful pilgrimage site dedicated to the dark goddess Kālī, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) as a case study in the phenomenon by which middle-class Hindus work to modernize temples. At the height of the colonial era i ... More

Keywords: temple, modernity, middle class, Kolkata/Calcutta, Kalighat, urban, India, religion, Hinduism, Hindu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190885267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190885267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deonnie Moodie, author
Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions, University of Oklahoma