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K. Bhattacharya 2003; N. Bhattacharyya 1999; Sastri 1925). K. Bhattacharya's Tara in Hinduism is a study by an Indian scholar into the role of Tara within the Brahmanical tradition. Bhattach31ya examines the i dea of Mother Goddess in the Hindu tradition, fol1owed by a survey of images of Tara, a textual survey of her appearance in Brahmanical textual sources, and an analysis of 26 the significance of Tara in the culture and spiritualism of Brahmanical religion. He writes that within Buddhism Tara is not seen as terrible, whereas in Brahmanism she i s depicted in her terrible form, such as within the Mahavidya goddess group.

In the twel fth century the g Ter- s to n Guru Tshe-brtan9 revealed the large Tara gter- m a but after a few centuries the l ineage was discontinued. The middle l ength Tara practice was hidden by Padmasambhava and Ye-shes mtsho-rgyal in the Shang-zam Phu-Iung. It was to intended be found by Gu-ru Jo-'bar, but the text was never discovered. The small Tara text, another gter-ma of Padmasambhava's, was discovered by Re-gshi fha-mo. However, this practice also died out (Sherab and Dongy a1 200 7 : 1 3 - 1 5) .

B hattach ary a, and B. Bhattacharyya comment on the foundations of the cult of Tara in I ndia . These scholars examine the avai labl e evidence in an attempt to locate the plac e and time of the o r i g i n of the cult, and to discover whether Tara w orship was Buddhist with the d ate of origin of the cult of Tara of which was one of th e first researchers. He believes her worship w as unknown pri or to t he fourth c en tury and identifies the earlies t i mages of Nasik, EBora, and Kanheri. He dates these to the sixth the or practice.

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