Shakti: The Divine Feminine

Anuja Chandramouli

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Shakti The Divine Feminine Lose yourself in Maya the divine game of the Goddess She is the Mother Goddess Mahamaya the enchantress the supreme consciousness the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all mu

  • Title: Shakti: The Divine Feminine
  • Author: Anuja Chandramouli
  • ISBN: 9788129137296
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lose yourself in Maya, the divine game of the Goddess She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy As Durga, the invincible warrioLose yourself in Maya, the divine game of the Goddess She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of all, who, when united with Shiva, restores balance to the universe.In this captivating narrative, explore the contrasting facets of the sacred feminine experience her awesome power, forged on the flames of love and hate and watch her teach the male dominated pantheon a lesson in compassion Witty, engaging and thought provoking, Shakti The Feminine Divine will force readers to re evaluate everything they know about the gods and goddesses and inspire all to embrace the Shakti within.One of the few explorations of the story of the Mother Goddess, Shakti Retold in modern language, this book humanizes the godsWitty and laced with sarcasm, it is a refreshing change from the heavy language of mythological textsDraws analogies with the modern day situation of women and contains a powerful message of woman empowerment

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    1. Vishnu Chevli on said:

      "Shakti - The Divine Feminine" by Anuja Chandramouli is the masterpiece of the mythological saga on the female goddess. I would say it is a literary treasure, which proves Anuja's prowess as the wordsmith."Shakti" brings completely different paradigm of Hindu mythology to readers. In India, Mother Goddess (we may call her Jagdamba, Amba, Aadhya-Shakti, Prakriti) is worshiped as the divine force that fuels the world. But in general, women were never considered equal to men. Anuja has taken this f [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Shakti: The Divine Feminine by Anuja Chandamouli, is a 2015 publication focused on the feminine deity, a force of passion that can be accessible to all.As a man reading this, and a Western man at that, I had to open my mind to ideas I had only a prior flirting awareness. Chandamouli has crafted this as a theological, spiritual narrative and I was reminded of Norman Mailer’s evocative Ancient Evenings, his historical fictional treatise on Egyptian mythology. Chandamouli explores Indian and Hind [...]

    3. Avanthika on said:

      I read this book long ago, just got the time to reread it and post my opinion. The mahamaya, supreme enchantress, plays varied roles in the lives of various people. She is Shiva's intoxication and Mahishasur's bereavement. She is the most loved and worst abused woman in the world. All her forms, dimensions and incarnations suggests only one thing about her, which happens to be her dynamism against transgression. Be it timid Usas or ferocious Kali or vibrant Durga, the variations that Ajuna has b [...]

    4. Sheetal Maurya Godse (Halo of Books) on said:

      This book starts with the emergence of Shakti; the Prakriti who is the womb of the three worlds, without her, the world can’t exist. The author has started the story with the controversial mythology story where Lord Brahma gets attracted to his daughter.Usas, goddess of dawn who is an avatar of Shakti was molested by Lord Brahma insulted by Indra ran away and takes the form of goddess Durga.Indra, the king of heaven is always insecure and is triggered by his cunning wife Sachi. She is the one [...]

    5. Shreya Vaid on said:

      ''The Goddess belongs to everybody, and cannot be claimed by anybody, regardless of whom they might be. All such attempts will be met with a prompt rebuff.''- Vishnu to Brahma over why Shakti cannot be just Brahma'sShakti- The Divine Feminine by Anuja Chandramouli is a part fiction part mythology story about the Mother Goddess, Shakti. Shakti, whose numerous forms we pray to; Kali as the Destroyer, Durga as the power source, Saraswati for Education. The story of Shakti starts with Brahma, Vishnu [...]

    6. Jairam Mohan on said:

      Probably one of the best books that I have read this year. Here’s hoping more men read and understand this book for what it truly is – a commentary of the times we live in today in India rather than just another mythological retelling of tales we probably already know.Detailed review put up at mahabore.wordpress/2015/1

    7. Vikas Datta on said:

      Brilliant evocation of the primal legend in a contemporary idiom the parallels with the present are intricately interleaved and seem so obvious that it characterises an imagination and story-telling skills of the highest order Will look forward to the author's next work

    8. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws on said:

      Shakti – the Divine Feminine is Anuja Chandramouli’s third book. Her first book Arjuna had caught my attention and the second book Kamadeva was wonderful. As such it was a no brainer that I would pick her third book up without second thoughts.In this installment, the author narrates the story, or rather the stories of Shakti, the mother goddess in all her forms. Starting with the story of Usas, the author goes on to paint the many lives of Shakti in brilliant and vivid colours. Lord Indra an [...]

    9. Anil Swarup on said:

      An unusual tale narrated in an unusual manner. What else do you expect when the Gods are at war with each other. The book that delves more into the devious character of Indra is engrossing only in parts.

    10. Sakshi Nanda on said:

      What has Anuja done? She has held a mirror skywards, erasing lines of holy-unholy, divine-mortal and man-god in order to make contemporary ‘the numerological nightmare that was the divine pantheon’. How? By bringing to the discussion table, through the events in the book, gender issues, ideas of morality, of justice and rigid conventions by, ahem, making use of ‘all the devas who had allowed their consciences to snooze for so long’. Unlike her previous book Kamadeva the God of Desire, th [...]

    11. Shrilaxmi on said:

      I recieved a free copy of this book from the author. This book certainly was interesting. It made me see the gods in a different light with all their shortcomings and the mistakes they make - it's almost like they are humans. It is impossible to tell what is true and what isnt. It was interesting to see Indra and Sachi play the villains. It was kind of disturbing how sexist they were. The protagonists are Shakti and her different forms - Usas, the goddess of dawn who is treated unjustly and rein [...]

    12. Abhinav Shrivastava on said:

      When I saw the cover of the book and the title I was very intrigued (more than I was with her previous book Kamadeva). But unfortunately this turned out to be a big let down. The female character Shakti is probably the most revered and considered most powerful in Hindu mythology. And I was very much interested to find out what new author brings to this character as she has a flair of treating these mythological characters differently then what we have been reading about them since ages.Complete [...]

    13. Sahil Pradhan on said:

      one can say that among the top authors who write books in complex vocabulary and languageuja chandramouli topsakti is yet another mythological retelling of anuja chandramouli intrigue woven with the threads of pure mythology, philosophy and deep and complex explanatione idea of sachi and indra as greedy and evil minded is just amazingpotraying different phases of shakti and the last chapter of shiva and shakti is even amazinguja has done a fabulous job in writing and picking up the thoughts and [...]

    14. Vinay Leo R. on said:

      Mythology - one of my favorite genres, and of late, one that seems to be popular in Indian Writing in English, with various retellings and mythology-based fantasies that are coming up in that field. And an author who I have read before, and know has a talent for storytelling in this particular genre. It was a book I wanted to read knowing there was a very good chance I'd love it, and it lived up to that expectation for me. Shakti. I must confess that I initially thought it would be just about th [...]

    15. John Morrison on said:

      I liked the mythological aspect of this book. Didn't really get into the social commentary of it. I won this book through the giveaways.

    16. Divya on said:

      I am simply enamored by mythological fiction as a genre and what a better way to start off 2018 other than this book! I shall admit this, I am a huge fan of mythology written from the female side of things because hey, we don't get to oft read that owing to the way traditional folklore is penned.Coming to the review, I really thought I knew it all when it comes to Indian mythology. But books have a tendency to surprise you. This book puts forth Shakti as much more than just the consort to the tr [...]

    17. Harshith Bangera on said:

      Bad, Bitter-Sweet & a namesake drama.(No Spoilers)I always keep an open mind while reading books concerning the gods and stories concerning Hinduism and I always love them even if the writer took a new path that never was and made it completely his/her own. Unfortunately for this book (and even with the previous book titled 'Kamadeva') I wondered why is it titled Shakti when there is only one single path to an elaborate being? It's all about a 'woman' named Shakti Vs. a brat named Indra. The [...]

    18. Madhura Gurav on said:

      I would've rated the book as a 4 overall. The extra point is owing to the fact that it is a book about 'Shakti: the supreme being'. I may seem biased here, but, it's just that the main origin story is given full justice here. Somehow, the representation of the Female Goddess has taken a backseat in this patriarchal world. Chandramouli's book was a refreshing change.Shakti is given the stature of the divine Goddess. But, in this particular narration, we are subjected to the various portraits of t [...]

    19. Cassi on said:

      I loved this one. At first I want sure. I was looking for a book on the divine feminine, but the myths quickly devolved into the male domination we all experience even today. But I kept going and was greatly rewarded! Shakti is the beautiful examination of love and betrayal and revenge that can wrack a soul. It reveals the beauty of what makes us male and female. And it is the origin story of the gender wars. But best of all, it is the myths that archeologists refer to when dissecting the past c [...]

    20. Sreevatsa.haritasa on said:

      It is a nice plot exposing the feminine power by taking mythology as the core Skelton of it. The incidents have been nicely brought out.

    21. Divya Nambiar on said:

      This book provides a feminine, refreshing outlook. Witty till the end, it kicks 'patriarchy' right where it hurts most! It did get a bit dry somewhere in the middle, though. But the divine goddess swept me through it. The contrasting feminine qualities have been played with well. The characterization is amazing. The gods and goddess(es), for once, seemed to be as normal as you and me -- helping one make a better connection with the characters.

    22. Shivani Agrawal on said:

      There are certain books which has a voice of its own. Voice in the sense that the emotions portrayed are so vivid as if at some places you feel that it’s your own thoughts which are being echoed in the book.Gender discrimination, rape, molestation, devising code of conduct for women this is something that you will find in most of the novels but the only thing that makes the story extraordinary is that these events happened in Amravathi, yes we are talking about the revered gods and goddesses, [...]

    23. Nagarajan Narayanan on said:

      The authoress has given a lot of rare information about Shakthi in this book. Made very enjoyable reading. However she uses a lot of difficult words in her work like scatological (page 92), biliousness & aetiological (page 95), harridan (page 96), anthropomorphism (page 111) & mandibles (page 120). The reader is forced to keep a dictionary by the side.

    24. Rajan on said:

      What a poignant novel. The best thing i found is language. It is powerful, intelligent, lyrical & poetic. It says so much in one sentence. I marvel at the beauty of it. I savored each sentence many times.

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