Madhu Khanna

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Madhu Khanna is an Indian historian of religion and noted Tantric scholar based in Delhi.[1][2] She was Professor of Religious Studies at the Centre for the Study of Comparative Religion and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi,[3] and at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, and served as the 2014 Bina & Haridas Chaudhuri Visiting Fellow in Asian and Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.


She obtained her Ph.D. at Oxford University in 1986 with a dissertation titled "The Concept and Liturgy of the Sri Cakra based on Sivananda's Trilogy."


Her research has shown that the origins of Sri Vidya as an central doctrine of Shaktism were in Kashmir.[4]

Her books include: The Sricakra: History, Ritual and Symbol of Goddess Tripurasundari; Sakta Pramoda of Deva Nandan Singh in two volumes; The Subtle Body – An Illuminated Tantric Scroll; Rta – The Cosmic Order, Proceedings of an International Seminar (editor); Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity, London 1989 (rep.) with Translation in German and Italian; and The Tantric Way – Art, Science & Ritual (co-author), London, 1979.

She was Associate Professor (Religious/Indic studies) and Project Director and Honorary Advisor, Narivada: Gender, Culture & Civilization Network of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Delhi.[5] She is the President and Founding Member of the Tantra Foundation in New Delhi. She recently initiated an ecological project, “Shri Kunj” – A Rural Centre for Eco Heritage in Bamunara village, Burdwan, West Bengal, to create a herbarium of traditional plants based on ancient Hindu scriptures to promote programmes for ecological sustainability.

She stays in Chattarpur, Delhi.


  • Homi Bhabha Fellowship, 1991-1993 [6]
  • Bina & Haridas Chaudhuri Fellowship in Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2014 [7]

Further reading[edit]


  • The Tantric Way: Art, Science, Ritual. Ajit Mookerjee & Madhu Khanna. Thames and Hudson, 1977 (Reprint). ISBN 0500270880.
  • The Concept and Liturgy of the Sri Cakra based on Sivananda's Trilogy. Dissertation. Oxford University, 1986.
  • Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity. Thames and Hudson, 1994. ISBN 0500272344.
  • Art, the Integral Vision: A Volume of Essays in Felicitation of Kapila Vatsyayan. Kapila Vatsyayan, Baidyanath Saraswati, S C Malik, & Madhu Khanna. DK Printworld. 1995.
  • Rta, The Cosmic Order. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2004. ISBN 8124602522.
  • The Subtle Body: An Illuminated Tantric Scroll. Sarabhai, 2005. ISBN 8186980261.
  • Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions After September 11. Edited by Arvind Sharma & Madhu Khanna. Praeger, 2013. ISBN 0313378967.
  • Saktapramodah of Deva Nandan Singh, DK Printworld. 2013. ISBN 8124606897.


  1. ^ Mary McClintock Fulkerson; Sheila Briggs (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology. Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 019927388X. 
  2. ^ Madhu Khanna Women Scholar Network.
  3. ^ Khanna Madhu: Faculty Member Jamia Millia Islamia
  4. ^ Douglas Renfrew Brooks, in K.A. Harper and D. A. Brown (ed.) The Roots of Tantra. SUNY Press, 2002.
  5. ^ NARIVADA: Gender, Culture and Civilization Network Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
  6. ^ Homi Babha Fellowship Council
  7. ^ Renowned Tantra Scholar Madhu Khanna Coming to CIIS April 23-30, April 23, 2014

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