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Hanuman: Through the Ages (In 3 Volumes)

Shanti Lal Nagar (Author)
Synopsis Several deities have been dominating the Indian religious scene from time immemorial. While some of them were in animal forms like tortoise, fish and others, some of them appeared in human forms, like Vamana, Parasurama, Rama and Krsna. Still others came to be adored in composite forms like Varaha (boar), Narasimha, etc. Hanuman had been one of them who could be placed in animal as well as the composite. In the former case he has been claimed in several texts to the having the form of monkey and sometimes he is represented in composite form of a human with the head of a monkey. He is said to have been born popularly of Anjana and Kesari or the wind-god. Though he possessed the immense strength, still almost all his virtues remained eclipsed till such time he did not come in contact with Rama. In fact, there had been a great boost in the personality of Hanuman after he was patronized by Rama and thereafter he became fully devoted to him and served him in case of every need and he even is said to have served as vehicle to Rama. There had been several powerful vehicles of the deities in the Indian relgious thought like Garuda for Visnu, Nandi-the bull for Siva and Lion for Durga and several others. None of these vehicles had gained such immense importance, devotion and popularity as compared to Hanuman and he was patronized by the people, the ancient polity as well the religious annals as the God who could rescue people during the time of great calamities, particularly during the medieval and subsequent times, though the process had already put in motion during the late Gupta period. The great poets like Tulasidasa, Suradasa, Samartha Guru Ramadasa and others paid special attention to propagate the cult of Hanuman, building his temples even in the remote localities.
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About the author

Shanti Lal Nagar

Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than 38 books.

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Title Hanuman: Through the Ages (In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176464619
length xxxxvi+316p., xi+317-587p., xi+156p., Figures; Col. & B/w Plates; Notes; References; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.