Chapter 9 Worshipping Durga(s) Dasara, Durga Puja and the Dynamics of Goddess Worship in a Former Princely State in Odisha, India

In: Religious Diversity in Asia
Author: Uwe Skoda

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This chapter looks at religious diversity in north-western Odisha through the lens of two forms of worshipping Goddess Durga. It analyses the older royal Dasara tradition located primarily in the fort and palace of a former princely state as well as the sacrificial polity surrounding it and (re-)created through it. Dasara is then compared with a more recent and increasingly popular form of worshipping goddess Durga known as Durga Puja. The chapter argues that the transforming state institutions, the role of migration as well as the more recent industrialization are all crucial factors in shaping rivalling performances and the local religious diversity.


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