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Kama in the Land of Kamakala

 
Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo (Author)
Synopsis

The entire Mahanadi River Valley is stated to be the land of Kamakala, Uddiyana-Pitha and erotic art. Kamakala means the art of desire; the divine Kamakala is symbolized in the shape of two circular components, the overall shape signifying the union of male and female principles. The Uddiyana-Pitha refers to sites where Lord Shiva resides in the Yogini cult that developed in this region.

The volume reveals the contributions of the Mahanadi River Valley to the origin of esoteric yogic sadhanas (spiritual practice). Based on a deep study of archaeological remains which include numerous antiquities like sculptures, the book examines the origin and development of the Yogini cult in the Mahanadi River Valley, laying stress on the Yoginis’ representation of the cosmic creative forces. It delves into the evolution of the Bhairava cult, the Ganapatya Tantra in Orissa, role of Mattamayura Shaivism there, and the origin of the Purushottama Jagannatha cult. Exploring the aspects of sensuousness in art and its link to the tantric cults, it scrutinizes the development of erotic art in Orissa, examining erotic sculptures, erotic art in wood and palm-leaf manuscripts. Abundant in references to ancient texts and modern scholarly works on the subject and with numerous illustrations, this intensive work also explains numerous terms and differences between words and concepts in an attempt to present a thorough study of the subject.

It is a good reference for those who are interested in the history of Orissa and various cults of worship, and students and teachers of arts and history, and researchers on Orissan culture, which is wide and varied.

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About the author

Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo

J.P. Singh Deo (born 29th August 1946), is an individual field archaeologist, Khariar. He is credited with the discovery of pre-historic rock shelter paintings of Yogimath Donger & Ghatghumar, Copper plates, gold coins of sarabhapuriya dynasty, clay & stone Seals of Panduvamsi dynasty, Kalachuri coins, terra-cottas, beads, sculptures of many types and palm-leave manuscripts. With the presentation of his findings, “Khariar Branch Museum”, was opened by Govt. of Orissa in 1976. His few archaeological findings are presented to “Dr. N.K. Sahu Museum”, of Sambalpur University and Orissa State Museum. He is life Member of Institute of Historical Studies. Calcutta, Orissa History Congress, Red Cross Society and Utkal Sahitya Samaj. President of “Khariar Sahitya Samiti”, which has already celebrated its Cultural Profile of South Kosala, “Origin of Jagannath Deity”, “Tantric Art of Orissa”, “Character Assasination in Modern History of Orissa”, and has contributed to different research Journals, Bulletins, Periodicals, Magazines, Papers and edited Books. Receiver of “Ekamra Saman”, 2002 and has been facilitated by many Organisations.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kama in the Land of Kamakala
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.03.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124606803, 9788124606803
length 23cm.