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Author(s): Tony K. Stewart
The Goddess Durgā: Enduring Image of Bengali Hindu Divinity The devotionalism that dominates Bengali Hindu religious belief and practice is puranic in its origins, extending the ritual interest that marks the later Upapurāṇas (see Purāṇas), many of which were fashioned in the northeastern sections of the subcontinent. The mythologies of Śiva, Kālī, and Kṛṣṇa are frequently invoked; but in the last several centuries, the goddess Durgā has emerged as the most common and enduring popular image of Benga…