Moodie, Deonnie. (2019) The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kālīghāṭ and Kolkata. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 217.

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James Bradbury

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Those of us who have conducted research in Kolkata often recall vivid experiences of Kālīghāṭ, the city’s major Hindu pilgrimage site to the goddess Kali. Many of us will also have listened to Kolkatans talk in emotive terms about this temple – how powerful the goddess is, how some of the priests harass pilgrims, how the surrounding area can be chaotic, crowded and dirty. This is a temple that invites discussion, although it has rarely been the subject of academic research. Deonnie Moodie’s much-needed case study of Kālīghāṭ enters straight into those discussions in terms which are familiar to Kolkatans themselves, drawing on different kinds of data (fieldwork interviews, historical documents, legal case history) in order to tell a compelling story about the trajectories of Indian modernity as they have played out through a major temple’s relationship to the state and the Hindu public at large

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Bradbury, J. (2019). Moodie, Deonnie. (2019) The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kālīghāṭ and Kolkata. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 217. International Journal for Indian Studies, 4(1), 183-185. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/Nidan/article/view/1196
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