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Concise Classified Dictionary of Hinduism (In 6 Volumes)

 
K.V. Soundara Rajan (Author)
Synopsis Defying a precise definition, Hinduism (a term introduced by English writers in 1830s), properly denotes the Indian Civilization- with a chequered history of over five millennia. Integrating, as it does, “ a large variety of heterogeneous elements, it constitutes a very complex but largely continuous whole”, covering every aspect of life: religious, philosophic, social economic, literary, artistic…. Unlike the world’s other major faiths, Hinduism has not grown as a perspective religion, but rather as a way of life : in myriad manifestations, myriad moods. And, inevitable, in rhetoric/terminology as well- because Hindu contexts (far from being static), have been devolutionary, even a bit too metamorphic! This 6-volume Dictionary tries to spell out the Hindu phraseology/contexts in all their changing nuancest-through pre-Paninian, Paninian, Classical, post-Classical and pre-Medieval ages, with essentials of the pristine spiritual culture of the subcontinent”, called Hinduism. Dictionary of Hinduism: Volumess2-5, sets out Sanskrit and Vernacular words/terms/phrases: in Romanized letters, with their meanings/explanations in easy-to-understand English. Classifying the entire vocabulary stock by a vast range of themes/topics of intimate relevance, among others, to Hindu religion, sacred writings, philosophy, arts, literature, culture and society; the author has incorporated each lexical item here in the Word Index (Volume 6), with cross-references to facilitate its location in the main body of the compilation. Volume I, in the nature of an introductory volume, offers a comprehensive overview of Hinduism, its beginnings, traditions, religious/sectarian movements, teachings, socio-cultural parameters, and arts, in sum of the whole Hindu heritage. Also included here numerous illustrations : b/s photographs and lie-drawings, highlighting the Hindu way of life in its diversity; ranging from mundane, everyday pre-occupations of the Hindus to their creative expression in art and architecture.
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K.V. Soundara Rajan

K.V. Soundara Rajan (b. 1952) who additionaol Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, needs no introduction to scholars and academics in art, archaeology and architecture, in India and outside. His contributions to Indian Culture have the mark of secular values, being related to not only Hinduism and its allied facets of Buddhism and Jainism but also to the creative art productions of Islam in architecture. Trained by Mortimer Wheeler and F.E. Zeuner in field archaeology and Prehistoric studies, in which career he has excavated several sites of varying nature in different parts of India, from the Harappan, through the Megalithic to Indo-Roman centres, it is his primary grounding in Sanskrit and its ancient legacy that made him a legitimatae and effective practitioner in interpretative thrusts in both archaeological and traditional studies in an integrative manner. He has a score of books and hundreds of research articles in his name and had, besides being an alumnus of Allahabad University, been the chairperson of several learned societies traveled in the Old world and the New, having lectured and studied their monuments and museums and is respected for his fluent exposition of our cultural heritage. His ‘Essence of Hinduism’ with its succedding Dictionary Volumes of Hindu usages, is perhaps the creation closest to his heart as the quintessential presentation of our cultural legacy. His abiding interests include also Classical music and the Stage.

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Title Concise Classified Dictionary of Hinduism (In 6 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170228573
length xi+340p., xi+235p.,xii+222p., xi+191p., xi+190p., ix+238p., Appendix.; Bibliography; Plates, Maps; Figures; Drawings; Index; 23