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Iconography of Ganga and Yamuna

 
Myneni Krishna Kumari (Author)
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In Hindusim the river Ganga and Yamuna are personified as female deities and the rivers as well as their icons are worshipped as one with the belief that they will ourify the devotees ny their mystic powers while one enters into the temples in this earthly world or the soul after death in the other world.The rich artistic tradition of positioning the figures of the river goddesses at the entrance of the temples followed from the Gupta period onwards is fully explored through the sculptures found intact with the temples and those preserved in the museum. It discusses the divine origin of the river goddesses and their association with the Hindu Gods particularly Siva based on the myths and legends contained in the Hindu mythology as well as the narrative content of the relief sculotures. The changing roles of the river goddesses, their assocation with the dvarapalas (door guardians) and the historical and regional influences in the development of their iconography is the main essence of the book. The volume brings to light some new and fresh data that has not been subjected to rigorous analysis earlier and discusses the different viewa and approaches of the art historians on the images of Ganga and Yamuna in Hindu temples. By piecing toether the old and new materials as well as the textual references to the river goddesses the study throws a welcome light on the religious symbolism and the development of the iconography of Ganga and Yamuna. The volume fills the need in the growing literature on the art and iconography of the Hindu goddesses and will be useful to the researchers.

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Myneni Krishna Kumari

Dr. Myneni Krishna Kumari obtained her Ph.D and D.Litt degrees in History and Archaeology from Andhra University in 1978 and 1999 respectively. She received many honours and distinctions in her academic career. She has been honoured with "The Best Researcher Award" by the Andhra University in 1992 and "The Best Teacher Award" by the Andhra Pradesh State Government in 2001. She has received "The Young Scientist Award" in the Humanities and Social Sciences from the U.G.C., Delhi in 1984-85. Presently she is working as a Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam She has served the University in various capacities asHead of the Department, Chairperson P.G. Board of Studies and member of the Executive Council of the Andhra University. She is a "Visiting Professor" of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah (US). She has participated in more than 100 seminars, conferences and international workshops and presented several papers. She is a prolific writer,a good researcher, has authored eight books and edited two volumes related to the history the culture of the Andhras.

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Bibliographic information

Title Iconography of Ganga and Yamuna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386223708
length 182p., Illustrations; 18 Figure; 113 Colour Plates; 28cm.