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Encyclopadeia of Hindu Icongraphy: Early Medieval

Price : $599.75
ISBN # : 9788188934331
Author : Raju Kalidos
pages: 1180
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Sharada Publishing House
Published : 2007

Volume I : Visnu; Volume II: Siva; Volume III : Sakti Goddesses; Volume IV : Part I: Ganapati and Skanda-Murukan; Volume IV : Part II : Brahma and other Deities About the Book : Vol. I - Visnu, contains the results of the author in literature and the field. Monuments of the early medieval period all over South Indian was visited and the literature in Tamil and Sanskrit consulted. Being the first in a series of four volumes, it has a chapter on religion and political background. The results of the monuments surveyed in the field are presented in the third chapter under the subheads Upper Deccan , Lower Deccan and Far South . However, the most important part of the monograph is the investigation of Tamil sources that is a much-neglected aspect in Indian art historical research. In the present volume, the Tamil quota of thought embodied in the Nalayiram is examined. There are two annexure of which one was a paper presented in the Banares Hindu University. The other is an analysis of the Vaisnava divyaksetras as listed in the Nalayiram. Vol. II - Siva is result of the projected submitted to the UGC fetched some funds for fieldwork. The field was visited few more times from Elephanta in the west to Vilinam in the Far South. The American Institute of Indian Studies offered a senior fellowship to do library work at Varanasi. The volume in design is slightly modified. The first chapter presents an examination of the sources in Tamil literature, especially the hymns of the bhakti savants, the Nayanmar, particularly the Tevaram. There are not less than 8000 hymns under vast corpus, the examination of which has inspired western scholars (e.g. Ellen Goldberg of the Queen s University, Ontario) to pay attention to the Tamil sources in the investigation of an Indian iconographic theme such as Ardhanarisvara. The II-IV chapters examine the Saiva iconographical themes, as they are present in the Upper Deccan, Lower Deccan and Far South. The other chapters attempt an analytical study of the distribution patter of the iconographical themes and their aesthetic value. A recent article published in the Acta Orientalia deals with the origin and distribution pattern of Lingodbhavamurti, basing on the methodology followed in the present monograph. Vol. III is on Sakti Goddesses. The field was visited few more times in South India. The first chapter presents an account of sources in both Tamil and Sanskrit. The Tamil sources examined are those of the Cankam classics and the pre-Pallava Cilappatikaram and Manimekalai. In addition to the Devimahatmyam, some liturgical works (e.g. Lalitasahasranama) and the Mattavilasaprahasana are examined. The results of these sources have been published simultaneously in journals, East and West and Acta Orientalia. The nutshell of ideas from these articles is incorporated in the present volume. Chapters II-IV present an account of the iconographical typologies of Devi in Upper Deccan, Lower Deccan and Far South. The distribution patter and aesthetics of the forms of Devi as they appear in early medieval art are discussed in the other chapters. As in the other volumes, a simple quantitative method is applied to assess the status of Devi within the Hindu pantheon during the period under study. Vol. IV is in two parts. The first part deals with Ganapati and Skanda-Murukan. The second part deals with Brahma and other deities. The volume is designed in four chapters, the first dealing with sources and the others with iconographical forms found in the Upper Deccan, Lower Deccan and the Far South. The distribution pattern is discussed in a separate chapter. The chapter bearing on sources discusses th data forthcoming from Tamil and Sanskrit. In an overall perspective, the present series is an important contribution because it has a special bearing Tamil sources dealing with the major and minor deities of th

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