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Encyclopedia of Hinduism /

Encyclopedia of Hinduism /
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Title: Encyclopedia of Hinduism /
Author: chief editor, K.L. Seshagiri Rao ; editor in chief, Kapil Kapoor ; associate editors, Rajnish K. Mishra, Santosh K. Shukla.
Physical Desc.: xiv, 523 p.
Year: 2011
Nature Of Scope: Contributed articles.
Volume No.: v. 6
Volume Title: K-L-M-
    
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Hinduism isn’t a religious faith, but an entire civilization, a way of life. Defying a precise definition, it represents a whole civilization, a millennia-long tradition, and a rich cultural heritage – which, with a continuous history of more than five thousand years -- is enormously vast in scope, splendid in expression, profound in illuminating thoughts, and fantastic in flights of imagination. Hinduism is a veritably complex religious system, including a wide range of particular beliefs and practices. Because of this and its evolution over the centuries, there are no single and unequivocal rules to define what Hinduism is. Today, over a billion people call themselves followers of this tradition. Originating in India, millennia ago, the Hindu tradition has spread beyond the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, reaching a far as the remote Pacific islands of Fiji on the one hand, and Britain and North and South America on the other.

In the West, and perhaps elsewhere too, questions are often raised, which particularly have no relevance to study and understanding of the Hindu tradition – questions like, for instance: When did Hinduism begin? Who was its founder? Who is the head of the Hindu ecclesiastical system? What is the ‘creed’ to which Hindus subscribe? What dogmas do Hindus accept? Such questions, in fact, are misleading in the understanding of Hinduism. Therefore, to know what Hinduism is, it is necessary to understand what it is not.

There is no founder of Hinduism, nor was it founded at a certain time, or at a certain place. No single person has been responsible for launching Sanatana Dharma. There are many seers, sages and prophets, who have contributed and continue to contribute to the richness of the tradition, but none of them is regarded as the ‘founder’ of Hinduism. It has no beginning in history, nor does any single historical event mark the birth of the tradition. Actually, Hindus hold that truth is eternal, without beginning or end. Transcending boundaries, it is available to all. Truth manifests itself in many ways in different times and places. Hindu religion is not creedal -- it does not identify its adherents through a prescribed set of beliefs. There are no exclusive theological doctrines or dogmas that are mandatory for everyone in the Hindu community. Then, Hinduism is not a missionary religion; it has no missionary movement or history. Proselytization has no place in Hinduism. Hindus have never been an organized church body; they never accept anyone as the sole authority or spokesperson for the community.

Unlike every other major religion, Hinduism, thus, has no identifiable historical genesis, nor does it have any established church/supreme authority to dictate what it is or ought to be. It has rather grown as an irresistible natural religious force as a way of life; as a most elaborate, yet most complex, system which, in quintessential terms, has advocated coexistence; universal tolerance; and reverence for deities, for myths, for genuine aspirants (risis, sages, gurus) – with affirmation of a transcendent cosmic (divine) principle, and sophisticated analyses of baffling metaphysical issues. Ahimsa (nonviolence), one of the cardinal virtues of humanity, is the keystone of the Hindu ethics. What can be said is that Hinduism is a cultural-religious force that has given rise to a vast body of magnificent sacred literature, music, art, architecture, and philosophy. It is an intangible force that binds millions of people in India and beyond through its Sanskrit hymns and devotional songs, magnificent epics, colourful deities, metaphysical worldviews, and elaborate worship modes.

Monumental, authoritative, nearly exhaustive, Encyclopaedia of Hinduism presents a holistic view of the Indic civilization, spirituality, and culture. A major academic enterprise of the India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), it unveils, in a comprehensive sweep, an ancient way of life, a culture that has roots going back to thousands of years and has been called ‘Hinduism’ in the last two hundred years of English discourse. It serves as a book of knowledge about facts, theories, systems, practices, customs, ceremonies, institutions, beliefs, texts, thinkers and values of what, in fact, is a continuity of a living knowledge culture.

The first-ever attempt covering the entire spectrum of Hinduism and the Hindu tradition: from the dawn of civilization to the present, the Encyclopaedia authentically spells out all that one would want to know about the traditional antiquity of Hinduism, its philosophical foundations, aesthetics, sacred writings, languages, literature, poetics, sects, movements, mythology, architecture, sculptural art, iconography, cave temples, music, dance, drama/theatre, paintings/murals, handicrafts, folks arts, oral traditions, polity, statecraft, social institutions, risis/sages, gurus, mystics, law, education, yoga, history and historical dynasties, reformers, thinkers, geography, mathematics, astronomy and cosmology, ayurveda and other sciences, influence, and a lot else – besides similar aspects about Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Ever since the late 19th century, Hinduism has been a major influence in promising development. But, despite its influence around the world, it is also widely misunderstood – specially today in the wake of a global culture that cuts across the boundaries of established religions, the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism sets the record straight by dispelling misrepresentations and distortions around the tradition. Not just this. It also highlights some of the Hindu insights, which are profoundly meaningful to the 21st century. Insights like, for instance -- the sagacity that the great religions of the world are valid paths to Truth/God; the viability of the holistic path in quest of Truth; the validity of feminine symbols in the descriptio

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Kathas1
Kathasaristsagara2
Kathavattu3
Katha Upanisad3
Katha Upanisad (Madhva Bhasya)4
Katikrama5
Katirvel Pillai, N.6
katre, Sumitra Mangesh6
Katta Varadaraju7
Katyayana7
katyayana Smrti8
Katyayana Srautasutra9
Katyayana Sulbasutra9
Katyayani10
Katyayani-Vidhi10
Katyayani-Vrata11
Kaula11
Kaula and Akaula12
Kaulamarga12
Kaumarabhrtya13
Kaumodaki15
Kaundinapur15
Kaundinya16
Kauravas16
Kausalya18
Kausambi18
Kausika19
Kausika Purana19
Kausika-Grhyasutra20
Kausitaki Samhita20
kauthumsakha21
Kautilya21
Kavaca22
Kavadi23
Kaveri (River)24
kavi26
Kavi, Nanalal26
Kavitraya Bharatamu27
Kaviyur28
Kavu28
Kavya29
Kavyadosa29
Kavya-Guna30
Kavyaprakasa31
Kaya Danda32
Kayacikitsa (Physical Therapy)32
Kayaka33
Kaya-Siddhi33
kayastha34
Kayavarohana34
Kedarnath Yatra35
Kedarnatha35
Keith, A.B.36
Kekaya37
Keladi Nayaks37
Kemadruma Yoga38
Kena Upanisad: Madhva Bhasya38
Kendra39
Kerala40
Kerala Jewelry41
Kerala kalamandalam43
Kerala School of Astronomy44
Kern, John Hendrik45
Kesa Vapana45
Kesabandha46
Kesava Deva Temple (Mathura)47
Kesava Temple (Somanathapur, Karnataka)47
Kesavamisra48
Keshavasuta48
Keshub Chandra Sen50
Ketaki50
Ketkar, S.V.51
Kettu Kalyanam51
Kevala Jnana52
Kevala Kevalin Kaivalya52
Kevala Vyatireki53
Kevalin54
Khadga54
Khadi54
Khadira Grhyasutra55
Khagendra Mani Darpana55
Khajuraho56
Khalsa58
Khalsa (Political Implications)59
Khalsa Diwan61
Khalsa Diwan, Chief61
Khana61
Khandadeva62
khandagiri62
Khandagiri-Udayagiri (Orissa)63
Khandekar, V.S.64
khandoba64
khapuspa65
Kharar65
Kharavela66
Kharosthi (Script)66
Khecara and Khecari67
Khilasuktas68
Kho-Kho69
Khuddakka Nikaya69
Khyala70
Khyativada71
Kicaka72
Kilamavilangai72
King, Jr. Martin Luther72
Kingship74
Kinnara75
Kiranavali76
Kirata76
Kiratarjuniyam77
Kirit Bhai77
Kirtana78
Kirtana of Bengal79
Kirti Stambha80
Kirtimukha81
Kiskindha81
Klesa82
Kodi-K-Kavi82
Kodumbalur83
Koh-i-Nur84
Koli Olugu85
Kolam85
Kolhapur86
Koliya86
Kollam Era87
Kollengode Rajas87
Kollur Mukambike88
Konark89
Konkan90
Konow, Sten90
Kosa91
kosala93
Kosar94
Kosthakas94
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Shala95
Kotunnallur95
Krama-Mukti96
Krama-Patha96
Kramrisch, Stella97
Kranta98
Krantas of Tantra98
Kranti99
Kraunca99
Kraunca-Vyuha100
Kraya Vikraya of Sura100
Krida (Lila)101
Kripaluji Maharaj101
Krishna (River)102
Krishna Bhagavathar Kalakshepam103
Krishna Gift (Krsna Giti)103
Krishna Iyer, Palani104
Krishna, M.H.104
Krishnabodhashram, Maharaj105
krishnadas, rai105
Krishnanda Das, Vidyavaridhi106
Krishnananda, Swami106
Krishnapuram palace107
Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV108
Krishnaswami, Aiyangar108
Krishnaswami Bhagavatar (Walajahpet)109
Krittivas Ojha109
Kriya110
Kriya Yoga110
Krpa111
Krpacarya112
Krpana113
Krsi-Parasara113
Krsna (Literary Perspective)113
Krsna: Political Aspects115
Krsna II116
Krsna III117
Krsna in Indian Art117
Krsna Legends in Asia (Outside India)124
Krsna Temple in Nepal128
Krsna Yajurveda129
Krsna, Devotional Perspective129
krsna: Life and Theology132
Krsnadasa Kaviraja134
Krsnadevaraya135
Krsnakaranamrtam136
Krsnamisra136
Krsnamrta Maharnava136
Krsnananda Sarasvati137
Krsnanattam138
Krsna Sankara Sastriji140
Krtakrtya141
Krttika141
Krtya142
Ksana142
Ksanikavada143
Ksatrapas144
Ksatriya145
Ksatriya Dharma145
Ksaya Masa146
Kasyapa Silpa146
Ksemendra146
Ksetra149
Ksetrajna149
Ksetrajna (Ksetraya)149
Ksetrapala150
Kshitimohan Sen151
Ksirasagara151
Ksudradevata151
Ksudraka152
Kubera (In Art and Literature)152
Kubera (Mythological)153
kubera Tirth154
Kucela (Kucaila) Upakhyana154
Kucipudi Dance Drama155
Kudalmanikkam Temple157
Kudrsti (inauspicious glance)158
Kudumiamalai159
Kuja159
Kukkuti-vrata160
Kula160
Kulacudamanitantra160
Kuladevata161
Kulaparvatas161
Kularnavatantra162
Kulasekarar (Poet of Perumal Thirumoli)165
kulasekhara Alvar (Saint)165
Kulavruddha Madhusudana Das166
kulu Rulers, Religious Developments167
Kuluva Natakam168
Kumar Gandharva (1924-92)168
Kumara Valmiki169
kumara Vyasa169
Kumaradasa170
Kumaragupta I170
kumaraguruparar171
kumarajiva171
Kumaran, Asan172
Kumarapala (Calukya)173
Kumarasambhavam174
Kumari Puja174
Kumarila Bhatta175
Kumbakonam176
Kumbha177
kumbha Mela177
Kumbhabhisekham180
kumbhaka181
Kumbhakarna181
Kumbhariaji181
kumkuma182
Kunala182
Kuncan Nambyar183
kundakundacarya183
kundalini184
Kunhan Raja, C.190
Kunhikkuttan Thampuran of Kodungallur191
Kunjara Bharati kavi191
Kunjiraman Nair191
KunrakkudiKrishna Iyer192
kunrattur192
Kuntala Desa193
Kuntala Kumari Sabat194
kunti194
Kupyadhyaksa195
Kuravanji Natakam196
Kuresa196
Kurma Avatara197
Kurma Purana197
kuru198
Kuruba199
Kurukshetra200
Kurukulla201
Kurup, G. Sankara201
Kurupancala202
kurur Amma202
kusa203
Kusana Administrative Setup203
Kusana Art205
kusana Rule, Religious Developments208
Kusanas209
Kusida210
Kusinagar210
kuta Yuddha211
Kutadanta Sutta212
Kutaja212
Kutaniti (Diplomacy)213
Kutata-Pasvi214
kutastha215
kuthanur (Sarasvati Temple)215
Kudiyattam216
Kuttak217
kuttambalam (Temple Theater)218
kuttu or Terukkuttu (Tamil)219
Kuvalayananda, Swami219
Kuvempu220
Ladakh223
Ladkhan Temple225
Lagadha (c. 1200 B.C.)225
Laghima226
Laghu-Vakya-Vrtti226
Lagna (Astrology)227
laguna Copper Plate Inscription227
Lahiri Mahashayaji228
Lajja Gauri229
Lakkundi229
Laksadipama230
Laksagrha230
Lakshamana pillai, T.230
Lakshmi Chand (Laksmi Canda), Baba231
Lakshmi Chand, Pandit231
Laksmana231
Laksmi (Dvaita Concept)232
Laksmi Puja233
Laksmi Puja in Bengal234
Laksmidasa235
laksmidhara235
Laksmidhara Bhatta236
Laksmikarna236
Laksmisa237
Lakulisa237
Lakulisa Pasupata238
Lala Dasa (1540-1648 C.E.)238
Lala Ded239
Lala Jagat Narain239
Lala Lajpat Rai240
Lalana-rasana241
Lalata Tilaka241
Laldayal, Baba242
Lalita Devi242
Lalitavistara243
Lalitaditya244
Lalitagiri244
Lalitpur246
Lalji, Tulsi Das246
Lallacarya247
Lamaism247
Lambika Yoga248
Land Grants248
Langar249
Langhana250
Lanka250
Lanka (in Astronomy)252
Lasya252
Lata Mangeshkar253
Lata Sadhana253
Later Guptas of Magadha254
Latitude255
Lattyayana Srautasutra255
Laugaksi Bhaskara256
Laugaksi Grhyasutra256
Laukika Vaidika257
Lava-Kusa258
Lavana-Kara258
Lavanga258
Lavani259
Lavanya260
Law Givers, Ancient260
Law, B.C.268
Law (In Music)268
Laya269
Laya (in Philosophy)270
Laya Yoga271
Lead271
Leadbeater, Charles Webster272
League of Devotees272
Leela Caritra273
Leh273
Lehya274
Lekhraj, Dada274
Lepakshi275
Levi Sylvain (1863-1939)276
Licchavi Dynasty276
Licchavis278
LiLa279
Lilasrsti281
Lilasuka (Bilvamangala)282
Lilavati282
Linga Purana283
Linga Sarira284
Lingadharanacandrika284
Linga-Laksana285
Lingaparamarsa285
Lingapitha286
Lingapuja287
Lingodbhavamurti288
Lingayata Math288
Lobha289
Lodi, Ibrahim289
Lohgadh-Nandra290
Loka291
Lokapalas292
Lokapankti292
Lokas (Vedic)293
Lokasamgraha294
Lokasaranga Muni295
Lokavisvasa296
Lokayata296
Lokayatadarsana297
Loknath Baba298
Lokottara298
Lomaharsana or Romaharsana299
Lomasa299
Lonar300
Longhurst, A.H.300
Longitude301
Lopamudra302
Lord Visnu, Madhva Perspective302
Lori (Lullaby)304
Lothal304
Lucknow306
Lueders,Heinrich308
Macdonell, Arthur A.309
Mada309
Madalasa309
Maddalam310
Madhava (c. 1340-1425 A.D.)311
Madhava Kandali312
Madhava Nidhana312
Madhava, Literary Works313
Madhavacarya314
Madhavarao, Pesva315
Madhavpriyadasji, Swami315
Madhu317
Madhu and Kaitabha318
Madhu Vidya318
Madhubani (Bihar)318
Madhuchista319
Madhukari320
Madhupana320
Madhuparka321
Madhura Bhakti322
Madhura Vani326
Madhurakavi327
Madhurakavi Alvar327
Madhuravijayam328
Madhuri Bhakti328
Madhusudana Sarasvati329
Madhuvana330
Madhva Mathas331
Madhva Pilgrimage Centers333
Madhva Siddhanta Sara334
Madhva Vijaya335
Madhvacarya336
Madhya Marga (Yoga)341
Madhyadesa342
Madhyama342
Madhyama Pratipada342
Madhyamika343
Madhyandina344
Madilagam345
Madra345
Madradesa346
Madri346
Madurai Mani Iyer347
Madurantakam347
Magadha347
Magahi oral Tradition348
Magha (Month)349
Magha (Poet)350
Magha (Star)351
Magha Dynasty351
Magha-saptami352
Maha Purusa352
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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)354
Mahabhagavata in Telugu355
Mahabharata356
Mahabharata and Performing Arts362
Mahabharata in Regional Languages364
Mahabharata in Southeast Asia369
Mahabharata in Telugu Folk Songs and Ballads371
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Mahabharata, Literary Development381
Mahabharata, Literary Impact383
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Mahabodhi Society390
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya390
Mahadana391
Mahadeshwara Hills392
Mahadeva (Siva)393
Mahadevan, T.M.P.393
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Mahakasyapa396
Mahakuta396
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Mahalaksmi398
Mahalanobis, P.C.398
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Mahamatya399
Mahamaya399
Mahameru400
Mahamoksaparisad400
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Mahanadi401
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Mahanandi403
Mahanarayana Upanisad403
Mahanavami404
Mahanirvana Tantra405
Mahanubhava405
Mahapadma Nanda407
Mahaparinibbanasuttanta407
Mahapragyaji, Acharya408
Mahaprasada409
Mahapratihara409
Maharaj Baba410
Maharaja Svati-Tirunal410
Maharjni411
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Maharasa414
Maharashtra414
Mahari Dance416
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Mahat418
Mahatma419
Mahatmya419
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Mahavakya421
Mahavamsa423
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Mahavrata (Jainism)426
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Malayalam Oral Tradition454
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Malla Yuddha457
Mallakas458
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Mandapa482
Mandaphala484
Mandara484
Mandaracala485
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Mandavi485
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Mandodari486
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Mandukya Karika487
Mandukya Upanisad488
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