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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.

Ashta Dasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Adi Shankara Bhagwad Pada
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

There was a great king called Daksha Prajapati who was the son of Lord Brahma, He had 27 daughters. Sati devi was one of them. Daksha gave his daughter Sati in marriage to Lord Shiva, During the conduct of a fire sacrifice, when Daksha entered the arena, every one except Lord Shiva stood up to respect him. Daksha felt very insulted by Lord Shiva’s behaviour. So when he conducted a yaga again, he did not invite his daughter Sati and his son in law Lord Shiva. Sati felt sad because of this and went to the Yaga against the wishes of Lord Shiva. She was badly insulted by her father Daksha and jumped in to the sacrificial fire. Shiva hearing this rushed to the place but could not save Parvathi. He cut off the head of Daksha and took the body of Sati in his hand and started dancing furiously. To bring down his anger, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati in to 18 pieces and these pieces fell down in different places of India. These places are called Shakthi Peethas. Some people are of the opinion that there are 51 Shakthi Peethas and yet others of the opinion that there are 108 Shakthi Peethas. This stotra written by Adhi Shankara names the places of Shakthi Peethas and the name of the Goddess in temples there. The 18 main Shakti Peethas are[1]:

Part of the body fallen Place Name of Sakthi
1 Groin Trimkomali(Srilanka) Sankari devi
2 Back Part Kanchi(Tamilnadu) Kamakshi devi
3 Stomach part Praddyumnam(Gujarat) Sri srunkala devi
4 Head hairs Mysore(Karnataka) Chamundeswari devi
5 Upper teeth rows Alampur(Andhra Pradesh) Jogulamba devi
6 Neck part Srisailam(Andhra Pradesh) Bhramramba devi
7 Eyes sholapur(Maharastra) Mahalakmi devi
8 Right hand Nanded(Maharastra) Ekavenika devi
9 Upper lip Ujjain(Madya pradesh) Mahakalai devi
10 Left hand Pithapuram(Andhra Pradesh) Puruhutika devi
11 Navel Cuutack(Orissa) Girija devi
12 Left cheek Draksharamam(A.P) Manikyamba devi
13 Vulva Gauhathi(Assam) Kamarupa devi
14 Fingers(hand) Prayaga(Uttar Pradesh) Madhaveswari devi
15 Head part Jwala(Himaclapradesh) Vaishnavi devi
16 Breast part Gaya(Bihar) Sarvamangala devi
17 Wrist Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh) Visalaksi devi
18 Right Hand Kashmir Saraswathi devi
Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure 
Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane 

Goddess Shankari in Sri lanka, Kamakshi in Kanchipuram,
Goddess Shrinkhala in Pradyumna and Chamunda in Mysore

Alampure Jogulamba, Sri shaile Bhramarambika 
Kolha pure Maha lakshmi, Mahurye Ekaveerika 

Goddess Jogulamba in Alampur, Goddess Brhamarabika in Sri Shailam,
Goddess Maha Lakshmi in Kolhapur and Goddess Eka veera in Mahur

Ujjainyam Maha kali, Peethikayam Puruhutika 
Odhyane Girija devi, Manikya Daksha vatike 

Goddess Maha Kali in Ujjain Purhuthika in Peethika,
Goddess Girija in Odhyana and goddess Manikya in the house of Daksha,

Hari kshetre Kama rupi, Prayage Madhaveshwari 
Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika 

Goddess Kama rupi in the temple of Vishnu, Goddess Madhevaswari in Allahabad,
The flame gving Goddess in Jwala muki and Mangala Gouri in Gaya.

Varanasyam Vishalakshi, Kashmire tu Saraswati 
Ashtadasha Shakti peethani, Yoginamapi durlabham 

Goddess Visalakshi in Varanasi, Goddess Saraswathi in Kashmir,
Are the 18 houses of Shakthi, which are rare even to devas.

Sayamkale pathennityam, Sarva shatri vinashanam 
Sarva roga haram divyam, Sarva sampatkaram shubham 

If read in the evening daily, it leads to killing of all enemies,
And also curing of all diseases and getting of all types of wealth.


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