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The Pilgrimage Tradition in West Bengal
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according actions activities aspects associated Bābā Bangladesh bathing behaviour belief body Caitanya Calcutta called caste cent centre characteristics common culture deity devotion discussed District divine earthly especially existence expressed fact festival frequently function Ganges give given goddess Hindu Hinduism hold holy human important India individual initiation institution journey Krsna linga living located mahanta matha Māyā means month motives Navadvip offering organization origin participants patterns perform pilgrims pithas place of pilgrimage popular practices present priests regional religious represent residence ritual river sacred places says sect seek shrine significance Siva social songs spiritual story structure symbolic takes Tārā Tarakeswar Tarapith temple texts tion tirtha town tradition Turner University Vaisnava various village vows West Bengal worship