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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, 607 p.
Year: 2010
Nature Of Scope: Contributed articles.
Volume No.: v. 3
Volume Title: C-D
    
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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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Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
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Cahamanas (Cauhans) and Religious Developments1
Caitanya3
Caitanya Mahaprabhu3
Caitanya School of Vaisnavism5
Caitanyacaritamrta7
Caitanyayati, Nitya7
Caitra7
Caitra Parva8
Caitya10
Caitya temple11
Cakra Mandala11
Cakra Puja12
Cakra Yoga12
Cakrabheda13
Cakradhar Svami - Mahanubhava Sect13
Cakradhar Svami13
Cakrayana Usasti14
Calculus, Hindu14
Calendar hindu: Pancanga15
Calendar in Kerala17
Cali Mukte17
Calukya Administrative set-up18
Calukya Inscriptions19
Calukyas (Religious Developments)20
Calukyas of Badami22
Calukyas of Gujarat, Religious Development24
Calukyas of Kalyana25
Calukyas of Vengi26
Calukyas, Architecture and Sculpture27
Camara Yoga34
Camaram34
Camarasa35
Cambodian or Kampuchean Architecture35
Campa39
Campa Inscriptions40
Campu Literature (Kavya)42
Campu Prabandhas42
Camunda43
Canakya43
Cancer in Ayurveda45
Candana47
Candavaradai48
Candelas and Religious Development49
Candesvara50
Candi50
candi Caritra51
Candi di Var51
Candidasa52
Candimangala53
candra53
Candra in Yoga54
Candra Vakyas55
Candragomin (Candragomi)55
Candragupta I57
Candragupta Maurya58
Candrakirti59
Candravali60
Candravamsa60
Candrayana-vrata61
Cangadeva61
Cangadeva Pasasti62
Cara Dhama62
Caraka63
Carama Sloka66
Carana Dasa (1703-1782)66
Carana Sahitya ( of Gujarat and Rajasthan)67
Caranakavi67
Caranam68
Cari69
Caritra69
Cariyapitaka70
Carkha70
Carlleyle, A.C.L.71
Carnatic Sangita (Carnatic music)72
Carpatinatha79
Carvaka80
Carya (Religious Conduct)83
Caryapada84
Caste86
Caste Alliance86
Caste and Occupation87
Caste legends88
Caste Politics89
Caste Ranking89
Caste, History of90
Caste, Social Aspects92
Cattira Brahmins96
Cattle96
Catu Vitthalanatha97
Catur Vyuha97
Caturanga98
Caturanga Sena99
Caturdandiprakasika100
Caturdasa Vidyas100
Caturdhama101
Caturmasya103
Caturmukha Brahma104
Caturthi Vrata (Ganesa Caturthi)105
Caturthi-Karma106
Caturvedimangalam106
Caturyuga106
Caubis Avataras107
Caunsath Kala108
Caunsath Yogini Temple, Bheraghat118
Cauranginatha119
Caurast Vaisnavon Ki Varta119
Causality120
Cave Architecture122
Cave Paintings (southern India)133
Cave Temples of Kerala134
Cave Temples of The Pallavas135
Cedi137
Cedirayas137
Cellur138
Cemakura Venkata Kavi (c. 17th C.E.)138
Cencus of Andhra Pradesh138
Cera Administrative set-up139
Ceraman Perumal139
Ceras and Religious Developments139
Cerukunnu Temple141
Cerusseri141
Cesta (Astrological)141
Cetana142
Chaga (Goat)142
Chamba142
Chambal144
Chamkaur Sahib, Battla of145
Champaran145
Chamundi Hill146
Chandasastra146
Chanderi147
Chandigarh148
Chandogya Upanisad148
Chandrasekharendra Saraswati149
Chapu Tala151
Chath151
Chatrasala152
Chattampi Svamikal153
Chatterjee, Bankim Chandra153
Chattopadhyaya, Saratchandra154
Chatra156
Caurasi Khamba - Mathura156
Chauri Chaura157
Chayaganita157
Chayanataka158
Chejerla158
Chenab160
Chennai160
Chidambaram162
Chidanand Saraswati, Swami (Divine Life Society)166
Chidanand Saraswati, Swami (Parmarth Niketan)167
Chikkadevaraja Wadiar169
Child Care in Matriarchal Nair Society170
Child Nurture In Bhagavatam171
Chilika172
Chinmaya Mission173
Chinmayananda, Swami174
Chinnamasta175
Chinnaswamy Mudaliar, A. M.175
Chipko Movement176
Chithira Thirunal (Balarama Varma)177
Chitrakoot Parikrama177
Chitrakoot178
Chittamur178
Chittor179
Chottanikkara Temple, Kerala179
Chou180
Chowdiah T.181
Cidambara Svamigal182
Cidbhavananda Swami182
Cidvilasavada183
Cinacara183
Cinmudra184
Cinnamelam185
Cintamani185
Cintapurni Devi186
Ciranjivin186
Ciriya Tirumadal187
Cirkazhi187
Citta-Acitta188
Citpavana Brahmins188
Citra189
Citragupta189
Citrakathi190
Citrasutra190
Citsakti (Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy)194
Citsukhacarva195
Citta195
Cittabhumis197
Cittaprasadana198
Cittasuddhi198
Cittavrtti199
City Organization200
Civil Code in Hindu Law: Joint Family and Property Rights201
Civil Disobedience Movement (Savinaya Avajna andolana)205
Cochin Rulers208
Coconut (Sriphala/ Nariyala/ Narikela)209
Codana210
Cokhamela210
Cola Administrative Set-up211
Cola Temples212
Coals and Religious Developments214
Colebrooke, Henry T216
Colisvaram Vijayalaya217
Colonialist Perceptions of Hinduism218
Common Themes in Hinduism outside India220
Communal Award224
Communites in Rgveda224
Consciousness, (Cetana)226
Consciousness, the Vedic Perspective229
Coomaraswamy, Ananda K.232
Coorgis234
Coranigraha234
Corunu235
Cosmetics235
Cosmetics in Tamil Literature237
Cosmography, Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina238
Cosmology, Hindu241
Cosmology, Vedic245
Courtesan247
Cow (Mythological Perspective)248
Crafts of Kerala249
Crafts of South India250
Cudakarana253
Cudala253
Cudamani254
Cullavagga255
Dabhoi257
Dada Bhagavan257
Dada Dharmadhikari258
Dada J.P. Vaswani259
Dadhici259
Dadhikravana260
Dadhyane260
Dadu Panth260
Dadudayal261
Dagdhaksara262
Dahara Vidya263
Dahihandi263
Dahlke, Paul264
Daityas265
Daivajna265
Daivi Prakrti (Divine Nature)266
Daivikayuddha or Dharmayuddha266
Dakargala267
Dakini268
Dakor268
Daksa Prajapati269
Daksa Temple (Haridwar)269
Daksa-Smrti270
Daksinayana271
Daksinraya271
Daksina272
Daksinamurti272
Daksinamurti Stotra273
Daksinapatha274
Dakshineshwar274
Dalai Lama275
Dalit Religious Movements277
Dama280
Damayanti281
Damdama Sahib282
Damodaragupta283
Dampati (Married Couple)283
Dana283
Danastutis285
Dance Forms of Orissa286
Dance, Classical Forms289
Dance, Thanjavur School295
Dandakaranya297
Dandaniti297
Dandapala298
Dandapani Desikar. M.M.298
Dandauti Parikrama299
Dandekar Sonopant299
Dandekar,Ramchandra Narayan299
Dandadhipati300
Dandi March301
Dandin302
Dange, Sadashiv Ambadas303
Danielou, Alain (Siva Sarana)303
Dantesvari304
Dantivarman304
Danushkodi305
Dara Shikoh305
Darasuram306
Darbha Sayanam Tiru-p-pullanai307
Daridrayoga307
Dariya Sahib308
Darsana309
Darsapurnamasa311
Dasa312
Dasa Bhukti312
Dasa Movement314
Dasa Sahitya314
Dasa Upanisads315
Dasabodha (Marathi)317
Dasa-Karyam318
Dasakumaracarita318
Dasam Grantha319
Dasama Dvara322
Dasamarga323
Dasanami Akhadas323
Dasanami Sampradaya325
Dasangam325
Dasaratha326
Dasaratha Jatakam326
Dasasloki327
Dasasvamedha Ghata327
Dasavataram328
Dasgupta, S.N.330
Dasi Jivan331
Dasoha332
Dasopant332
Dasa Mahavidya332
Dasya Bhakti333
Dasyus334
Datta Svatantriya334
Dattaka335
Dattatreya336
Dattilam337
Daurmanasya337
Daya338
Dayabhaga338
Dayalji, Sri Paramhans339
Dayananda Saraswati, Swami339
Dayananda Saraswati, Swami (of Arsa Vidya Gurukulam)340
Dayarama341
Death Rituals of Bengal342
Deccan College342
Deccan Policy342
Decimal System344
Deha344
Dehatmavada346
Delhi and Its Seven Cities346
Desa-Dharma351
Desai, P.B.352
Desa-Kala-Vibhaga352
Deshmukh, Durgabai354
Delugaon Raja354
Deusen Paul355
Dev Nayakacarya355
Dev Samaj, Lahore, 1887355
Devadaha356
Devadasi356
Devadatta358
Devagiri359
Devahuti360
Devaki360
Devala361
Devalaya (Temple)361
Devanagari366
Devanarayana368
Devanna Bhatta368
Devapi368
Devaprayaga369
Devaraha Baba370
Devaraja Sect370
Devaraya I371
Devaraya II371
Devasayani Ekadasi372
Devata372
Devata Taratamya376
Devayana376
Devayani377
Devayoni (Demi-gods)378
Devi (goddess)380
Devi Mahatmya383
Devi Mahatmya (Concept)384
Devi Rupa Bhavani386
Devi Sahasranama386
Devibhagavata388
Devi-Devata in Buddhism389
Devi-Devatas in Jainism391
Devi-Gita393
Devipattinam (Navapasanam)394
Devipujana395
Devi-Sampradaya398
Devi-Talab401
Devotional Literature in Teluge401
Dhamma (Buddhist Concept)404
Dhammacakka406
Dhammapada408
Dhammasangini408
Dhana409
Dhana Trayodasi410
Dhana-Danda410
Dhananjaya411
Dhananjaya (Vayu)411
Dhanannadanasuktam412
Dhanik Muni412
Dhanistha413
Dhanna Bhagat413
Dhanoparjana414
Dhanurmasa414
Dhanurveda415
Dhanu416
Dhanuyatra417
Dhanvantari417
Dhanyakataka418
Dhanyavada419
Dharana422
Dharini422
Dharma423
Dharma and the Common Good429
Dharma Dhatu432
Dharma Mahamatra432
Dharma Nairatmya433
Dharma Nirnayam433
Dharma Pravartakas434
Dharma Puja435
Dharma Sindhu436
Dharmavyadha436
Dharma Yuddha437
Dharmabhuta Jnana437
Dharmacakrapravartana438
Dharmadasa439
Dharmakirti439
Dharmaksetra440
Dharmamegha Samadhi440
Dharmamrta441
Dharmanibandha441
Dharmapala442
Dharmapala, Anagarika442
Dharmapuri444
Dharmaraja Kartika Tirunal444
Dharmarajadhvari445
Dharmaratha445
Dharmasabha446
Dharma-Sankata446
Dharmasastra448
Dharmasthala452
Dharmasutras453
Dharmavijaya (of Asoka)453
Dharmavir Bharati455
Dhatr455
Dhatus (Metals)456
Dhaumya457
Dhauti457
Dhayanu Bhagat (of Himachal)457
Dhi458
Dholaka458
Dholavira459
Dhrtarastra461
Dhrti462
Dhrupad462
Dhruva464
Dhruvadasa464
Dhruva-Stuti465
Dhumadi Marga465
Dhumavati466
Dhupa466
Dhurjati467
Dhvaja467
Dhvaja-Stambha468
Dhvani469
Dhvani in Literature469
Dhyana (Meditation)471
Dhyana, Buddhist Perspective474
Dhyanamudra478
Digambara Jaina Sampradaya478
Diggajas479
Digha Nikaya480
Dignaga480
Digvijaya481
Dik482
Dikpalas483
Dilipa484
Dilwara Temples484
Dina485
Dinacarya (Daily Routine)486
Dinakar, Ramdhari Singh489
Dinakrsna Dasa490
Dindayal Giri490
Dipa491
Dipalaksanas491
Dipankara491
Dipavali492
Dirghatamas493
Diti494
Divination (Ganana)494
Divine Life Society495
Divinity496
Divinity, Manifestations497
'Divodasa499
Divya Ayudha499
Divya Bhava500
Divya Caksu500
Divya Deha501
Divya Prabandha Taniyan502
Divya Sadhaka502
Divya Saksya503
Divya srotra503
Divyadesam503
Divyasuri Caritam505
Divyavadana505
Dogras505
Doha506
Dolayatra508
Dolotsavam508
Dongareji Maharaj509
Doraisvami Iyer (Pallavi)510
Dosa (Astrolog)510
Drahyayana Srautasutra511
Draksaramam512
Dramila512
Draupadi512
Draupadi Temples513
Dravidacarya515
Dravya516
Dravyaguna Vijnana517
Dravyarthika517
Dress and Ornaments518
Drishadvati524
Drk-drsyavada525
Drkdrsyaviveka526
Dronacarya526
Drishadvati in Rgveda527
Drsta527
drstartha528
Drsti (Philosophical)529
Drsti (Yogic)532
Drstisrstivada530
Drsya530
Drsya-Kavya530
Drupada532
Druta (Karnatic Music)532
Dubois, Abbe535
Duhita (Daughter)533
Duhkha534
Duhsala535
Duhsasana535
Dhusvapnanasanasuktam536
Dula Kaga536
Dumar Lena Cave537
Dumont, Louis538
Dundubhi538
Durbal Nath, Sant539
Durga539
Durga Charanji541
Durga Mandir (Varanasi)541
Durga Puja in Orissa542
Durga: Representations542
Durgadasa Rathod544
Durgasimha545
Durgasimha (General)545
Durgastami546
Durva546
Durvasa547
Duryodhana547
Dussehra550
Dussehra (in South India)551
Dusyanta552
Dutakavya553
Dvadasa Bhava555
Dvadasi555
Dvaita556
Dvaita Vedanta556
Dvaitadvaita565
Dvandva565
Dvapara Yuga566
Dvarakadhisa Temple566
Dvarapalakas567
Dvaravati (Thailand)568
Dvayartha569
Dvesabhakti570
Dvipada570
Dvipada Bharatamu570
Dwarka571
Dwivedi, Hazari Prasad572
Dya Dviveda572
Dyaus573
Dyuta573
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