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Jaina Iconography in Tamilnadu

A. Ekambaranathan (Author)
Synopsis The evolution and development of Jaina iconography forms an integral part of the study of Jainism. Among the various regions in peninsular India, Tamilnadu has its due share of contribution to Jaina iconography, but still it remains largely an untrodden field. The study of Jaina iconography helps one to understand the evolution of the images of Tirthankaras and their attendant deities from a very early period. Successive changes brought about in the sphere of religion are mirrored in the icons of the attendant deities and their attributes, although the iconic of the Tirthankaras remains unchanged. The impact of brahmanical religion also led to phenomenal changes in their iconographic representations. These images often bear testimony to the cultural attainment of their makers and the social traits of their worshippers. Inorder to present a comprehensive picture of the overall Jaina iconographic development in Tamilnadu, a complete study of the Jaina literature, epigraphical documents, sculptural wealth and paintings has been undertaken.
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About the author

A. Ekambaranathan

Dr. A. Ekambaranathan has been working on the history of Jaina religion, its art and architecture in Tamilnadu for the last three decades and has authored 12 books and more than 30 research papers to his credit. Two of his books 'Kalugumalai and Jainism' and 'Development of Jainism under the imperial Cholas' (Both in Tamil) received the Best Publication awards for the year 1993 and 2000 instituted by the Government of Tamilnadu. Such a person of vast experience and repute undertook extensive field work of studying and documenting almost all the Jaina monuments in Tamilnadu and brought out this pioneering work on Jaina iconography in Tamilnadu. The author has made an earnest attempt to project the iconographic forms of Tirthankaras and their Sasanadevatas from a very early period down to the present day with the help of literature, inscriptions, local traditions and the rich sculptural wealth.

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Title Jaina Iconography in Tamilnadu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length viii+200p., Plates; References; Bibliography; 22cm.