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Vedic Roots of Hindu Iconography

Authors (s): R Nagaswamy (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788174791320
Pages: xxvi+230p., 155 B/W Plates and 33 Colour Plates; Illustrations Some Colour; 25cm.
Pub. date: 15.05.2012, 1st ed.
Publisher: Kaveri Books
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB72770
List price: US $ 139,00
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Overview for Vedic Roots of Hindu Iconography

This book explores the Hindu iconography from the Vedic to recent period in time and space that would dispel many misconceptions. The first few articles deal with Agni, the fire of Vedas. The fire has two inherent powers, the consuming heat energy and illuminating beneficial energy, which they called on one hand as Rudra and on the other Vishnu. Similarly Rudra is like the father and the benevolent energy of the same fire, insuperable, is called mother devi Parvati, the male and the female, in one and the same form as Ardhanari. Most of the important iconographic visualizations arise from such syncretic forms that are dealt with in this volume. For example the concept of Linga or Varaha, gives so many layers that are properly focused that would come as revelations. At another level some individual manifestations like Andhakasuravadha or Nataraja are rooted in Vedic understanding of darkness and light. The writings of some that there was no worship of feminine power in the Vedic age, is shown as pedestrian, worthy of outright rejection. Similarly some hold that the Muruga Kartikeya is exclusive and the earliest god of the Tamil is disproved and shown here as a Sanskrit word Mrgya in Prakrit form. The origin of Rama and Krishna and their place in the chronological perspective is given in detail with epigraphical evidence and disproved some of the abysmal ignorance of some professorial claimants. Each article with references and notes is thought provoking, original and linked to the factual utterances which is absolutely necessary for those who seek proper approach to the subject.

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