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The Saundaryalaharī is one of the most widely used devotional texts of Shakta Hinduism. A religious lyric in one hundred stanzas ascribed to the great eighth-century philosopher, Shankara, this work emphasizes the worship of the feminine principle as the dominant force in the universe.
The text, based on some fifty manuscripts, is provided with a full critical apparatus as well as a discussion of the ideas treated and of the question of authorship. Two sixteenth-century manuscripts from Gujarat, which contain separate miniature paintings for each stanza, have been consulted in the preparation of this book; and a large number of paintings are reproduced, some in color and some in black and white.