Shimla was annexed by the British in 1819, after the Gurkha war. At that time it was known for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi.
I can never acknowledge the right of slavery. I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians — however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant’s lash, and the cries of his tortured victims.thaddeus stevens
That power of the Gods which orders for the good things which are not uniform, and which happen contrary to expectation, is commonly called Fortune, and it is for this reason that the Goddess is especially worshipped in public by cities; for every city consists of elements which are not uniform.sallustius
...when the Goddess is invited to take her place, before the moment of worship, the yoni mudra is made since the yoni , the female organ is her pitha or yantra. The yoni can never be regarded by Tantric adept otherwise than an altar.By Zimmer in Heinrich Zimmer (13 May 2013). Philosophies of India. Routledge. p. 583. ISBN 1-135-02918-0.
Kali represents the disintegrative force in nature as displayed in the passage of time and an increase in entropy. Kali is symbolized in the yantra as black. The downward pointing triangle is the ancient symbol of the primal female, the origin of all things – the pubic triangle of the Great Goddess.In "Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness", pp.162-63
Although Marycannot be a model for the New Woman, a Goddess is better than no Goddess at all, for the sombre-suited masculine world of the Protestant religion is altogether too much like a gentlemen's club to which the ladies are only admitted on special days.1976 Alone of All Her Sex: the Myth and Cult of theVirgin Mary, epilogue.
One of the most prominent sacred sites of Goddess(es) worship in India, the N?l?cala (blue hill) of Guwahati in Assam [relates] to the historical evolution of a local Goddess cult and its association with the groups of multiple feminine deities. [Demonstrates] three phases of transition amidst political changes: (i) worship of yoni , the local sacred geography , by autochthonous people, (ii) the reorganized Tantric yogin? cult associated with a new regional Goddess, who was worshiped by the ruling family of the Mlecchas and the P?las and ( iii) the magical and comprehensive Mah?vidy?s.Jae-Eun Shin, in Yoni, Yogin?s and Mah?vidy?s Feminine Divinities from Early Medieval K?mar?pa to Medieval Koch Behar, SAGE Journals
-...the buffalo headed demon king of Hindu mythology, Mahishasura, whom once lived here and was vanquished in battle by the Goddess Chamundeshwari. The Goddess is worshipped even today, atop the Chamundi Hills where she is said to reside.Rosemary Vargas, in Ashtanga City - The Westerner's Guide to Mysore, p.9
Although conceived as female in nature, Shakti is not an individual Goddess , but rather a dynamic quality that all goddesses (and even all women, at least within the Shakta Tatric tradition ) are said to possess. Unbridled, uncontainable.George Orwell, in Critical Companion to George Orwell, p.399
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