'Among scholars born outside India, Anne Feldhaus is unquestionably the foremost Maharashtrianist of her generation. Now she asks the central question: What is Maharashtra? The answer unfolds in lucid prose that takes us to many corners of that pivotal region in western India, introducing us to the interconnected deities, rivers, mountains, temples, and people that make it what it is. Their stories are the subject of the book, but one of its most engaging features is the presence of Anne herself, asking the questions and describing the journey.' - John Stratton Hawley, Columbia University
'This important and engaging book interprets a rich set of oral and written sources from a single Indian state. Yet, through its focus on the myriad connections among Maharashtra's holy places, it transcends its geographical confines to illumine broad vistas of religious meaning: the persistence and power of holy places, the ritual elements of human community, and the sense of being at home in the universe.' - Donna Wulff, Brown University
Anne Feldhaus is Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.