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

Deonnie Moodie

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

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 ... More


Introduction: The Temples of Modern India

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter introduces the temple and the contours of the most recent modernization projects imposed upon it through the voices of devotees, renovators, temple Brahmins, and beggars at Kālīghāṭ. ... More


Reviving and Reforming Calcutta’s Hindu Past

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In their English- and Bengali-language journal articles and books, middle-class Bengali Hindu authors at the turn of the twentieth century lifted Kālīghāṭ out of the realm of mythology and ... More


A Religious Institution Goes Public

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In the mid-twentieth century, Kālīghāṭ became a site that middle-class actors could not only write about but also act upon in an official capacity. Because Kālīghāṭ was never royally patronized, East ... More


Sacred Space Becomes Public Space

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

At the turn of the twenty-first century, middle-class men and women formed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and filed public interest litigation suits (PILs) in order to expand temple space, ... More


Resisting Middle-Class Modernizing Projects

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Middle-class modernizers frame their projects at Kālīghāṭ as being in the best interests of the Hindu public in Kolkata. However, so many who frequently worship at the temple or who live and work on ... More


Conclusion: Bourgeoisifying Hinduisms and Hindu-izing Cities

Deonnie Moodie

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190885267
eISBN:
9780190885298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190885267.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Modernizers work to refine the behavior and decorum of Hindus and to cleanse the goddess Kālī for bourgeois global consumption. They work together with state bodies to make Hindu temples part of the ... More


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