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Sons of Siva

V.R. Mani (Author)
Synopsis The cults of Ganesa and Karttikeya have been dealt with by competent scholars ever since serious studies on Indian religion, art and iconography began but still the need for a proper systematization of existing knowledge on the subject has been acutely felt in recent years. This is largely because of the regional and chronological aspects of the studies made. This book is a modest attempt at fulfilling this need. This seeks to summarise the existing state of our knowledge on the religious cults of the two famous sons of Siva in Hindu mythology and tries to shed fresh light on some of the problems associated with the subject. Largely drawing from literary and archaeological sources of pan-Indian nature the book weaves together a coherent picture of the complex development of the veneration of two of the significant strands in popular Hinduism. In short the analysis attempted here relates to religious history, mythology, art and iconography.
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About the author

V.R. Mani

V.R. Mani was curator for Art and Archaeology in the Government Museum, Madras and later a Fellow in Musicology when he worked on Some Minor Deities in Indian Religion and Art. From 1973 to 1982 he was Researh Officer in the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and during a part of this period, he worked in the ICHR project on the preparation of A Source Book of Indian Culture which is being published by the ICHR. His research papers written in journals or presented in different Congresses, Conferences and Seminars cover such areas as art history, iconography, epigraphy and numismatics. He has also published a monograph on The Cult of Weapons: The Iconography of the Ayudhapurushas. At present he is Seniro Research Officer in the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sons of Siva
Author V.R. Mani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sharada Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185320047
length 96p., Reference; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.