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Communication with God

Gaya Charan Tripathi (Author)
Synopsis The work for the first time presents in a very detailed manner the various rites forming the daily Puja ceremony of one of the most famous and important temples of the Hindus, namely that of Jagannatha at Puri. The study is based on a large number of authentic palm-leaf manuscripts discovered and collected by the author in Orissa, substantiated by his personal observation and information acquired from the temple functionaries. It is a well-known fact that the study of Hindu temple rituals has not yet been taken up so extensively and seriously as that of the Vedic rituals. This work seeks to fill up this desirable gap and is a significant contribution to the study of the process of formation of the medieval Hinduism and its gradual development. he rite of the Hindu Puja is basically a very subtle and sublime spiritual phenomenon in which the worshipper, in the course of meditation, first dissolves his mundane body to create a divine body for himself, identical in nature with that of his deity. Thereafter, visualising the tejas of the deity in his heart through concentrated meditation upon his/her form, he transfers this divine effulgence into the image for the time being in order to achieve a subject-object relationship with the deity, who is identical with the self, and starts communicating with his God from the same elevated plane. An analysis of the Puja ritual of a deity not only sheds light on the primeval concept and the character of that deity, but also reflects changes, which he or she has undergone from time to time. The study, consequently, brings to light the various streams of religious practices and philosophical thoughts which have gone into making of the phenomenon which is now commonly known as the 'cult of Jagannatha' representing the Orissan form of theistic Visnuism.
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About the author

Gaya Charan Tripathi

Prof. Gaya Charan Tripath, born at Agra in 1939 in a family of traditional Sanskrit scholars; studies at Agra, Moradabad, Pune, Varanasi, Freiburg; M.A. Sanskrit, Agra 1959; Ph.D. on Vedic deties, Agra 1962; German Academic Exchange Service Fellow to the University of Freiburg 1962-66; Dr. Phil. Freiburg 1966; D. Litt. In Ancient Indian History, Allahabad 1986. Taught at the Universities of Freiburg (twice), Aligarh, Udaipur; Principal, G.N. Jha Research Institute (Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapitha), Allahabad 1977-2001; Visiting Professor to the Universities of Heidelberg, Tubingen (twice), British Columbia of Vancouver (twice), Berlin, Leipzig. Presently Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Head of its Kalakosha Division.

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Title Communication with God
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817305262x
length xx+509p., Illustrations; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; Figures; 26cm.