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The Pilgrimage Tradition in West Bengal
The Philosophical Roots of the Pilgrimage Tradition
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according actions activities aspects association Bābā Bangladesh bathing behaviour believed body Brahman Caitanya Calcutta called caste cent centre characteristics claimed common cremation culture daily death deity devotion District divine especially existence fact festival Ganges Gaudiya give given goddess Hindu holds holy human important India individual initiation institution journey Krsna linga located mahanta Mandira matha Māyā means month Mother Navadvip object offering original patterns perform pilgrims pithas place of pilgrimage popular practices present priests pujā Purāna regional religious residence ritual river sacred places says sect seek shrine significance Siva social songs spiritual story structure symbolic Tārā Tarakeswar Tarapith temple texts tion tirtha town tradition tree universe Vaisnava various village vows West Bengal worship