Overview for Silpa-Sahasradala: Directory of Unique Rare and Uncommon Brahmanical Sculptures, Volume I Ganapati Skanda Siva
A number of unique, rare and uncommon sculptures of extraordinary iconographic and cultural interest lie hidden in museums, sculptural-sheds, private collections and temples. Some of them received attention of scholars whose studies resulted in their identification and appeared in Research Journals, Survey Reports, Proceedings of Conferences and Special Volumes published in India and abroad. But due to lack of communication, language problems, non-availability of these publications, paucity of funds, etc. most of the scholars and research students remain deprived of this precious material causing lacunae in their dissertations and lectures. To rectify this state of affairs, of course in limited way, a project of the following three volumes has been undertaken by the Jnana-Pravaha – I. Ganapati, Skanda and Shiva; II. Vishnu, Brahma, Surya and other divinities; III. Devi/Shakti: Sapta-matrikas, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, Durga, etc. This volume presents consolidated account of icons of Ganapati, Skanda and Shiva with their locations, brief descriptions, notable features along with allied references in Vedas, Epics, Puranas, Classical works and folk traditions. Photographs and Line-Drawing also appear as visual aids.