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Vedic roots of Hindu iconography /

Vedic roots of Hindu iconography /
DK Number:DK-220969
ISBN: 9788174791320
Title: Vedic roots of Hindu iconography /
Author: R. Nagaswamy.
Imprint: New Delhi : Kaveri Books,
Physical Desc.: xxvi, 230 p., [88] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Year: 2012
Price: USD 74.80
Language: Includes verses in Sanskrit (Devanagari and roman).
Subject Strings: Hindu art--India.
  Hindu symbolism.
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The book is a study of Hindu iconography from the Vedic times to the present day. It argues that Vedic roots can be traced for the Hindu iconography that has evolved over time and is to be found today. The articles in the volume deal with Vedic studies, tracing the Vedic roots of well-known images of Hindu iconography like those of Shiva, Shakti, Murugan, Shanmugha, Krishna and other gods and goddesses. They examine Vedic rituals, and the form of Agni and fire offerings popularised by the Vedas. Referring to ancient religious texts and other works, they take up the origin of the Rama cult, linga worship, the origin of Kartikeya, Varaha and others, discussing them as having developed from Vedic ideas. The author, Dr. R. Nagaswamy, undertakes an in-depth scrutiny to deny the accepted view tht these gods and goddesses have evolved from non-Vedic sources. He argues that, in fact, the Tamil society was as much Vedic from historic times as any other society in other regions of India. For the purpose, he delves into the nature of worship of Indra in ancient Tamil Nadu. The work involves quoting extensively important sutras from the Vedas.

Dr. R. Nagaswamy is an expert in Indian art and aesthetics, architecture, iconography, numismatics and epigraphy. A versatile scholar, he has penned numerous articles. He served as the first Director of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu (1966-88) and as the first Vice-chancellor of Kanchipuram University.


Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Vedic Rituals : Punyaha - Vacanam (Declaring the Sacred Day)12
The Form of Agni21
The Face of Agni : Agni Mukham23
Fire Offering : Agni karya - Homa27
Sacrifice of Fulfilment : Jayadi Homa29
Visvasya Ayatanam34
Temples and Poetry41
Agama in Theory and Practice44
Relevance of Agamic Studies in Modern Times47
Linga Worship51
Linga in Vishnu Anugraha Murti59
Virinci Narayana Sankaratman61
Siva kaivalya in Cambodia71
Siva Bhagavatas and Vishnu Bhagavatas79
Sandhya - vandanam and Nataraja82
Bhujanga - Trasita Nrittam89
Siva as the Destroyer of Blind Demon "Andhakasuravadha"93
A Rare Kalabhairava106
Khandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho: A Temple of the Bhairava Saiva School108
Sakti Worship in Tamilnadu119
Vedic Origin of Goddesses : Some Aspects129
The Puzzle of Varaha154
Varaha at Mamallapuram158
The Origin of Rama Cult: Myth and Reality169
Sri Ramayana in Tamilnadu : In Art, Thought and Literature174
Balarama in Tamilnadu190
Krishna Sadhana204
Krshna Yoga is krshna Sadhana206
Worship of Indra in Ancient Tamilnadu208
Vedic Traditions in the Manimekalai212

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