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Sculptures of Lonad Cave and Pandava Leni: Identification and Interpretation

Meena Talim (Author)

The present book compiles a research of sculptures of two caves namely Lonad-caves at Kalyana and Pandava-Leni at Nasik. Fortunately the research is done on these caves by many eminent scholars but it is not satisfactory, owing to their pre-conceive presumptions.

The present book is based on Buddhist Literary sources. The author firmly believes that sculptures of Buddhist Caves are based on the Pali sources and commentaries. Accordingly, after studying all 547 Jatakas along with their commentaries, she has proved that Lonad-Cave is based on Vessantara-Jataka, all the its Seventeen Panels have been deciphered. Similarly sculptures of Pandava-Leni are based on 'Mahapalobhana-jataka, all the seventeen panels have been identified and interpreted. She has opened the new vista for scholars, research-minded lovers of history and student.

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Meena Talim

Dr. Meena Talim is an internationaly renowned scholar. She was retired as a Professor and Head of Departments of Pali and Ancient Indian Culture, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (1990). She was the first to be awarded Ph.D. in Pali from University of Mumbai (1960), in Maharastra and the first lady student in India.

Her contribution to the subject, in various aspects, Social, Literary, Political, historical, Medicine and Surgery, Art and Architecture is remarkably significant. Her publication includes 'Buddhavamsa' (1969), 'Women in Early Buddhist Literature (1972)', 'Bagh Paintings' (2004), 'Science of Medicine and Surgery (2009), 'Edicts of King Aoeoka (2010)', 'Life of Women in Buddhist Literature (2010)', 'Ajanta Paintings - Unidentified and Misinterpreted (2013)', 'Bagh Paintings and Sculptures Identifications (2014)', Buddhist Art Vol. I & II (2014). Busshiat Studies, Vol. I and II (2015), 'Sigiriya Paintings of Shri Lanka, Identification & Interpretations (2015)', 'Sanskrit Jatakas of Arya OEura and PaliJatakas (2017)', 'Buddhist Judisprudence (2016)', 'A Comparative and Critical Study of Mahavastu Avadana and Pali-Jatakas (Asiatic Society of Mumbai), 2018', 'A Religious and Cultural Impact on Dunhuang - Cave of China (2018)' Forthcoming - 'Sculptures of Lonad Cave and Pandava-Leni.'

She has been felicitated by, St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai, University of S.N.D.T.; University of Mumbai - Dept. of Sanskrit, Dept. of Pali, Unicersity of Mumbai, University of Pune.

She has gained National Lifetime Archievement Award for Buddhist Art - K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies (2008), Second Lifetime Achievement Award for Buddhist Art by Governor of Maharashtra (2013), National Award for Pali and Buddhist Studies-Manjuushri, Allahabad (2015), Life Achievement Award (Jeevan Gaurava Paritoshaka) by Kokan Itihasa Parishad (2018).

Dr. Talim is presently working as a Honarary Professo at K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies and visiting Professor at University of Mumbai.

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Title Sculptures of Lonad Cave and Pandava Leni: Identification and Interpretation
Author Meena Talim
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380852935
length 104p., Illustrations; 51 Figures; 28cm.