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Sun Cult in Pracyadesa: History, Religion & Iconography

Bijoy Kumar Sarkar (Author)
The Suryadevata (Sun-god), the celestial luminary, was an object of great veneration to the ancient Indians from a very early time.  The god was given many names like Savita, Pusa, Bhaga, Visvasvan, Mitra, Aryama and Visnu, emphasizing his different aspects and a number of qualities and functions were assigned to him.  

The metaphysical background of the Sun-god came to be enriched and developed in the Epic-Puranic period.  The Epics and the Puranas profusely eulogized the grace of the solar deity in his divine power of removing disease, bestowing vigour, strength and long life.

Historical evidence regarding the existence of Saura-cult in medieval Bengal and Bihar comes from the epigraphic and iconographic records of the Pala-Sena dynasty.

The present work, is not a startling discovery of hitherto unknown sources, but a patient compilation and scientific interpretation of information contained in known sources’, including rare Photographs suggesting fresh approaches to the study of fresh investigations.  It offers a wealth of information, both literary and archaeological, about the history and religious significance of the Sun-god.  It is important both as a scholarly study and as a work of interpretation that explores the hidden relationship between Indian religion and art.
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About the author

Bijoy Kumar Sarkar

Bijoy Kumar Sarkar (b. 1958) was a student of the University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, West Bengal, wherefrom he did his post-graduation in History in the year 1981 and also received the Ph.D. degree on the “Sun-Worship and Sun Images in Early Bengal” in 2006.

Dr. Sarkar is the Head of the Department of History, University of North Bengal since 2008.  Prior to the present assignment, he was Reader in History at Kurseong College (Darjeeling) and Principal of D. N. College (Murshidabad), West Bengal.

Dr. Sarkar teaches History at the University of North Bengal and the areas of his interest / specialization include early Indian art, iconography and sculpture and also Museology on which he has published more than a dozen of papers in various journals of academic repute.  He is the Editor of Karatoya, a journal of History and cultural studies of the University of North Bengal.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sun Cult in Pracyadesa: History, Religion & Iconography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8177022172, 9788177022179
length xxiii+199p., 54 Illustrations; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.