Overview for Sri-Chakra: Its Yantra, Mantra and Tantra
Sri Chakra has rightly been regarded as the 'Prince among Chakras' (Chakra-raja). It is the best known and most worshipped among hundreds of sacred designs that are prescribed in the traditional lore. Despite this celebrity an air of mystery surrounds this Chakra. Details concerning Sri-Chakra have always been looked upon as precious secrets; but there have always been tracts in Sanskrit seeking to explain the details of the Chakra, their significance, the way it is constructed and the manner of its worship. The book gives details of the design itself, the significance of those details, the philosophical framework that renders the details relevant, the prevailing symbolisms and the nature of the source material have been given.
S K Ramachandra Rao (Author)
Vidyalankars, Sastra-Chudamini, Sangita-Kalaratna, Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao, is a well-known scholar who combines traditional learning with modern research. Well versed in Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhmagadhi and several modern Indian languages and aquainted with Tibetan and some European languages, he has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian Culture, Art and Literature. In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of Psychology. He has headed the Department of Clinical Psychology in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience's Bangalore and the Department of Indian Culture in the Collision College Study Center of the University of the Pacific (U.S.A.) He was the senior associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore, and Guest Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and member of the Governing Council of TTD (SVCL Research Center), Tirupati. He has been member of Karnataka State Lalitha Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy; he has served on the Agama Board (Govt. of Karnataka). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratisthana. The Govt. of Karnataka has honored him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award. He has received awards from Lalita-Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy. Among his numerous English Publications are three Vols. Of Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine, Tantrik Tradition of Tibet, Consciousness in Advaita, and a series of Six Books on Indian Temples Origins of Indian thought; Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Agama Kosha in Twelve Vols. Art & Architecture of Indian Temples in Three Vols. He is presently engaged in a project on Rgveda-Darsana (Eight Volumes of which have appeared). He is also Musicologist, a Sculptor and Painter, and has held some one man shows.