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The Compendium on Ganesa

S K Ramachandra Rao (Author) Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series
Synopsis Ganesa's popularity is manifold. He is the favourite god of the masses. He is also the favourite subject for curio-hunters and collectors of icons. Painters and sculptors have reveled in depicting this god in a variety of forms and postures. The Tantrik practitioners have found in him a beneficient poer, quick to acquire and enduring in nature. Literature about Ganesh is rematkable, varied and large. Works in Sanskrit, which appear to have provides the main source materitla for all of them, are themselves large in number and varied in nature. An attempt has been made here to present a comprehensive picture og Ganesa that is of interest to an Indian mind. The picture assumes the Vedic origin of Ganesa and the Smriti and the Tantrick involvements of the deity. It recognizes the primal importance ogiven to this god in the daily life of millions of Indians. It seeks to provide authentic information about Ganesh from texts. The books contains drawings of numerous Ganesa Icons, worshipped in temples or preserved in muscums.
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About the author

S K Ramachandra Rao

Vidyalankars, Sastra-Chudamini, Sangita-Kalaratna, Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao, is a well-known scholar who combines traditional learning with modern research. Well versed in Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhmagadhi and several modern Indian languages and aquainted with Tibetan and some European languages, he has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian Culture, Art and Literature. In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of Psychology. He has headed the Department of Clinical Psychology in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience's Bangalore and the Department of Indian Culture in the Collision College Study Center of the University of the Pacific (U.S.A.) He was the senior associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore, and Guest Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and member of the Governing Council of TTD (SVCL Research Center), Tirupati. He has been member of Karnataka State Lalitha Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy; he has served on the Agama Board (Govt. of Karnataka). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratisthana. The Govt. of Karnataka has honored him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award. He has received awards from Lalita-Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy. Among his numerous English Publications are three Vols. Of Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine, Tantrik Tradition of Tibet, Consciousness in Advaita, and a series of Six Books on Indian Temples Origins of Indian thought; Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Agama Kosha in Twelve Vols. Art & Architecture of Indian Temples in Three Vols. He is presently engaged in a project on Rgveda-Darsana (Eight Volumes of which have appeared). He is also Musicologist, a Sculptor and Painter, and has held some one man shows.

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Title The Compendium on Ganesa
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 2nd Revised ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170308283, 9788170308287
length xvi+272p., Tables; Plates; Figures; 25cm.