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Travelogue: By Country | By Date India | April 2001  


I think that perhaps figuring out who is who in these representations is not that important. An example of the flexibility of Hinduism is the recent appearance in the Hindu pantheon of a new divinity, of special utility in an acquisitive society -- the goddess Santosi Mata. Santosi is now worshiped throughout India largely as the result of a popular mythological film about her birth and the origin of her worship. The new goddess was unheard-of a few years ago. Propitiated by comparatively simple and inexpensive rites performed in the home without the intervention of a priest, Santosi grants practical and obvious blessings, such as a promotion for a needy, overworked husband, a new radio, or even a refrigerator.

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