Amrita Darshanam is organizing a three-day National Seminar on Śakti Worship in India from September 21- 23, 2018. 

About the Seminar

Śakti worship is a unique phenomenon in India. The various other cultures of the globe celebrate the femininity, the fertility and female entity as worshipful. In India, it is deified for highly evolved cultural, philosophical and social practices for the ultimate realization of the Atman. Śakti is worshipped by means of Yantra, Mantra and Tantra, which are the code and knowledge bases. Its practice ushers its realization. This is done with Sādhana (pedagogic endeavor) and Upāsana (worshipful practice). The Seminar endeavors to bring the concepts of (very best of these two under its concept) Sādhana and Upāsana in its entire extent. Eminent scholars are invited to present their papers and presentations and this will be published by IGNCA in due course. The Seminar is designed to accomplish, properly perpetrate, rightfully protect and eloquently publish the useful outcome of the presentations and discussions among experts on the Śakti worship in India.

Dates: 21 – 23 September 2018

Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, Clappana P.O., Kollam, Kerala, India - 690 525.

Purposes of the Seminar

  • To recognize and revitalize the significances of Śakti worship which has been playing a pivotal role in the spiritual cultures and traditions throughout India across centuries.
  • To create a platform for meaningful dialogues and intellectual exchanges between scholars, students and wider communities who are interested in this field for further researches and studies.
  • To form a systematic documentation on this aspect of traditional knowledge systems through publishing a research document (in form of book) with contributions from eminent scholars and researchers.


Theme 1: Śāktāgama: an insight and general purview

  • Śāktāgama as an embellishment of the śakti
  • Śrīvidyā: a comprehensive introduction
  • Śakti peeṭhā in India and śakti practices therein
  • Śāktāgama as in the Śaivāgama: the Vedic Orientation
  • Śakti ākhyāna and upākhyāna in the Purāṇas
  • Śakti Upāsana and Feminism
  • Culture, worship and Śakti worship: Music, Dance and theatre (should cover Tribal, Folk and Classical)

Theme 2: Textual Treatises on Śakti and its cults

  • Paraśurāma Kalpa sutra
  • Tripurā rahasya
  • Textual treatises as choice of scholars
  • Textual treatises on vāma mārga
  • Textual treatises on dākṣiṇa mārga

Theme 3: Temples on Śakti and their Agamic Practices

Theme 4: Śakti and the Śākta: the divinity and the Upāsaka

  • The Guru in the śakti tradition: Gender equation: the śaktyamba and Nāthas as gurus and initiates
  • Śākta deekṣa kramam
  • Regional variations in the mūrti lakṣanam of the śakti in India
  • The śoḍaṣa śākta samskāra: the essence of initiation into the śakti puja
  • Śakti and her vāhana: specificities and generalities

Theme 5: The Tribal, Folk lore and Classical Arts on the Performance of Śakti Upāsana

Theme 6: The Śakti in other cultures

  • The Tārā Devī in the Vajrayāna: Buddhist cults
  • The Oriental: China and Feminine cults
  • Trans-sexual equations and feminine affections and affiliations

Distinguished Speakers

  • Dr. Prafulla Mishra
  • Dr. Nrusingha Charan Panda
  • Dr. Raghavan Payyanadu
  • Dr. S.R. Narasimha Murthy
  • Dr. Sreenivasa Murthy
  • Dr. R. S. Nandakumar
  • Shri Giriratna Mishra
  • Dr. S. A. S. Sarma
    • Dr. Madhu Khanna
    • Dr. Priyadarshan Lal
    • Dr. Mundathu Gupthan Sasibhooshan
    • Dr. C. M. Neelakandan
    • Dr. Nagaraj Paturi
    • Shri Trivikraman Adigal
    • Dr. Sushma Jatoo
    • Dr. Sudhir Kumar Lall
    • Dr. K. P. Sreedevi
    • Shri Venugopalan S.
    • Dr. Kallyani Jisha
    • Dr. A. R. Krishna Kumar
    • Dr. Sharath Chandra Swamy
    • Dr. S. A. Krishnayya
    • Prof. Muthiah
    • Dr. SuvarnaNalapat

    Who Can Attend:

    All those who are interested in studies related to Śakti worship in India are welcome.

    Call for Papers

    We invite you to contribute original research papers for the Seminar. Interested participants are requested to follow the guidelines for the submission of abstract:

    • Authors are requested to submit a paper abstract of 300 words.
    • Page setup: Abstract should be page-set in A4 paper with 2.5cm margin on all sides and a spacing of 1.5 space.
    • The medium of language: English (preferred) or Sanskrit
    • Font type: Times New Roman (12pt) for English or Devanagari in Baraha software which can be editable for Sanskrit
    • Figures and tables, if any, should be included within the text.
    • Name, mobile number, email and address of the author and the title of the paper should be clearly written in the abstract. Name of the author presenting the paper should be underlined.

    Authors are requested to send one copy of abstract, together with filled registration form, by e-mail to on or before 31 July 2018.

    Papers will be checked for plagiarism.

    Abstracts and papers will be reviewed by an expert committee. Comments and feedback will be sent to the authors. Authors will receive further communication about the format of the papers, once their abstracts are selected.

    Authors of accepted papers will present their papers on the Seminar.

    Download Registration Form

    Participants are required to send a non-refundable registration fee:

    • Indian Faculty/ Research Scholar/ General Public: Rs.3000/- (per person)
    • Indian Student: Rs.2000/- (per person)
    • International Participant: USD100 (per person)

    The registration fee covers accommodation, food and seminar materials.

    Accommodation will be arranged for all registered participants at our Amritapuri Campus.

    All participants will be awarded a certificate.

    Those who accompany participants are required to send the food and accommodation fee of Rs.1,000/- (per person).

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    Last Date for Submission of Abstracts along with Registration Form 31st July 2018
    Announcement of Selected Abstracts 5th August 2018
    Last Date for Submission of Full Papers 31st August 2018
    Announcement of Selected Papers 7th September 2018
    Last Date for Registration 17th September 2018

    Organizing Committee:

    1. Chief Patron: Br. Sudeep, Director, Amritapuri Campus
    2. Patron: Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar, Associate Dean, Amritapuri Campus
    3. Convener: Prasanth B., Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Amritapuri Campus
    4. Co-convener: Manjushree Hegde, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Coimbatore Campus
    5. Members:
      • Ananta Sharma, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Bengaluru Campus
      • Arjun Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Bengaluru Campus
      • Dr. P. R. Padmakumar, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Amritapuri Campus
      • Vigneshwar Bhat, Assistant Professor, Amrita Darshanam, Mysore Campus


    All correspondences regarding the Seminar should be addressed to:
    Asst. Prof. Prasanth B. (Convener of National Seminar),
    Amrita Darshanam, ICSS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus
    Address: Amrita Darshanam, ICSS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus,
    Clappana P.O., Kollam, Kerala, India - 690 525.
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    About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research university that is accredited 'A' by NAAC and is ranked as one of the best research universities in India. Managed by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the University is spread across five campuses in three states of India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, with the University headquarters at Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It continuously collaborates with top US universities including Ivy League universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs, and has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. It has been ranked India’s 8th best university in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2018 approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. In the same year, UGC has granted the full autonomy to the University which has maintained high standards of excellence.

    About Amrita Darshanam

    Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies has been established under the guidance of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), one of the prominent spiritual leaders of our times. The Centre serves as an academic platform for study and research in the domains of philosophy, culture, arts, literature, and society under the broad canopy of India Studies. It offers various Ph.D. and post-graduate programs in Indian knowledge systems, humanities courses, seminars, conferences and workshops to facilitate scholarly exchange and integrated education for students. It also works with other national and international organizations on manuscript preservation, projects and collaborations, and researches of the highest standard. Currently, the Centre has branches in four university campuses, namely Amritapuri, Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Mysuru.

    About IGNCA & Nari Samvaad Prakalp

    IGNCA is a premier research institute and through its various and extensive programmes of research, documentation, it proposes to re-contextualize the Indian arts in their holistic, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary prespective, which had been obliterated and misinterpreted due to narrow specializations and fragmentary approach. The arts are here understood to comprise the fields of creative and critical literature, written and oral, the performing arts of music, dance and theatre in their broadest connotation; and all else in fairs, festivals and lifestyles that has an artistic dimension.

    The Nari Samvaad Prakalp (NSP) of IGNCA is aimed to undertake the focussed research and documentation of the contribution of women’s role in the creation, preservation and transmission of our cultural heritage. Through this project, IGNCA aims to create a platform for a discourse on the divinity of the feminine-principle, its orality, its textual traditions, and its multi-layered and multi-dimensional manifestations in the arts and culture of Indian subcontinent, and subsequently in the whole of Asia. The project is aimed at creating a space for discourse on women’s culture which has faced distortion since the beginning of history writing.

    About the City

    Kollam (earlier known as Quilon) marks the southern entryway into Kerala’s backwater system. One of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea, it was once a major commercial hub of the ancient world that saw Roman, Arab and Chinese traders. Later Portuguese, Dutch and British traders jostled into the port – eager to get their hands on spices and the region’s cashew crops. The town centre is reasonably busy, but the surrounding calm waterways of the Ashtamudi Lake, fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations and traditional villages, are a great place to experience the national treasure of the backwaters. Since the freshwater from the rivers and the saltwater from the Arabian Sea meet in the backwaters, a unique wetland ecosystem has developed there which many unique species of aquatic life (including crabs, frogs, mudskippers and water birds) call home.

    Kollam is well connected, with railway service to most metro cities of India. Kayamkulam is the closest train station (12 km north of our campus). The two closest airports are Trivandrum International Airport (110 km south of our campus) and Cochin International Airport (140 km north of our campus).

    Our campus is nestled among endless groves of coconut trees and is relatively free from the menace of pollution. Its weather varies from 23°C to 33°C throughout the year.

    About Amritapuri Ashram & Campus

    Built upon the very property where Amma was born, Amritapuri has become both the headquarters of Amma’s worldwide mission and the spiritual home of Her monastic disciples and thousands of Her householder devotees.

    All the residents have dedicated their lives to realising God and serving the world.

    Amritapuri is a living testament to the ancient Indian ideal of vasudhaiva kutumbakam, that “the whole world is one family”.

    Here you will find people from all parts of the world speaking different languages, practicing different customs, and observing different religions — all living under one roof. In their quest for the meaning of life, each has forgotten their differences and become a child of Amma and a servant of the world.

    Nestled in the picturesque village of Vallikavu, across the beautiful and famed backwaters of Kerala, is Amritapuri campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, blending into the natural setting of the environment with its endless stretches of coconut palm groves.

    The Arabian Sea that borders Kerala on the west is only a few hundred meters from the campus.

    Located close to the international headquarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the campus provides a learning environment that harmoniously blends science and spirituality.

    Students have a unique opportunity to nurture values and self-discipline.

    Over 90% of the students reside in hostels on campus.

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    2018-09-21 09:00 to 2018-09-23 17:00
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