This article analyzes the ways in which the Adhiparasakthi community in Toronto, Canada is linked to the larger transnational Adhiparasakthi organization in Melmaruvathur, India and illustrates how women’s ritual authority, congregational pūjā, and “inclusivity” ethics have shaped the identity of this diaspora community locally. As women serve in positions of ritual authority and leadership within the Adhiparasakthi Temple Society of Canada, they are in a position to effect change. The article further addresses some of the particular concerns within the community, such as those regarding rituals, lifecycle transitions, and fragmented support networks, and shows how some members of the community have found resolutions through the auspices of the mandram (temple). As women’s ritual lives and interpretations of the divine feminine converge with sevā (humanitarian work) in the Toronto context, their leadership and engagement has emerged as a current of support in the mandram community.
International Journal of Hindu Studies – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 11, 2017
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