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Terrific Manifestations of Siva: Virabhadra

Jeyapriya Rajarajan (Author)

There are several books on such as Nataraja, Ardhanasisvara, Sadasiva and so on. There is no exhaustive study of a fierce form of the Lord Virabhadra. This work fulfils the need. In seven chapters and three appendices the my theology, art and cult of Virabhadra is systematically sketched.

The first chapter deals the first chapter deals Prolegomena, second chapter deals exhaustively with most of the Sanskritic Puranas and other liturgical works. The speciality is the summary of Tamil ideas form literary sources that scholars in the field usually neglect maybe due to lack of knowledge or oversight. The other chapters deal with the following aspects: third deals with some of the select temples for the Lord in south India and the case study of a clan temple; fourth, Pratimalaksana of Vira and allied deities from silpasastras and agamas; fifth, Vira in early medieval art of the Pandyas, Pallavas, Calukyas of Badami and Vengi and Rastrakutas; sixth, Vira in later medieval ast, particularly Vijayanagara-Nayaka; seventh, Festivities and cult orientation as gleaned from travel accounts and the case study of a clan temple at Bodinayakkanpatti. The annexures deal with Sarabhamurti, Astamukhafandabherunda Nrsinha and Vira in the art of Andhradesa. The bibliography is comprehensive.

The book is richly illustrated with plans of temples and photographic samples of Vira in colour and black & white. The book is a monumental contribution to art historical scholarship.

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About the author

Jeyapriya Rajarajan

Dr Jeyapriya Rajarajan hails from a family of distinguished scholars, Prof. Raju Kalidos and Prof. R.K.K. Rajarajan. Beginning her scholarship in historical studies, she took her M.Phil. under the guidance of the eminent historian, Prof. S. Manikcam of the Madurai Kamaraj University. She took her Ph.D. from the Tamil University. She has many articles to her credit in East and West, Rome, and several felicitation volumes to noted archaeologists and historians at home. She was in Eritrea for some time with her husband and son. Employed in Theni, the author's thirst for historical scholarship is immense. She has completed a book on "Sacred Sports of Siva" that deals with a neglected aspect of art history on Tamil Nadu, i.e., Tiruvilaiyatar Puranam in literature and art. Forthcoming, this work is sure to be a ground breaking research in art history. The author has to her credit several more articles forthcoming in international journals. A budding scholar, she deserves the commendations of scholars in the field.

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Title Terrific Manifestations of Siva: Virabhadra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788188934577
length xvi+156p., Tables; Coloured & B/w Plates; Notes & References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.