Ksetra Sampada: Regional Heritage Series
BRHADISVARA TEMPLE: FORM AND MEANINGISBN : 978081-7305-388-7Edited By :R. Nagaswamy
(2010, xxvi+280pp.+xxvi, halftone illus. 284, bibl., figs. & maps 13, index)
The great temple at Tañjāvur is a visual representation of cosmic power on earth that remains, according to the pious wish of the builder, so long as the sun and moon lasts. The God who inhabits this abode is said to be seated with his consort on the summit of the metaphysical…Read Moremountain surrounded by a circle of peaks in which the divine power descends in diminishing potency as it comes down gradually and takes his abode at the peak of the circle, appropriate to his direction and also the relative importance in the hierarchy. So each peak is a virtual temple. This metaphysical mountain is called the great meru-Mahameru, which forms the basic concept of the Bṛhadīśvara Temple of Tanjore.
The Bṛhadīśvara Temple locates for the first time in Indian history, the 108forms of nṛtta karaṇas on the upper storey around the sanctum wall in sculptural form and reflects the concept of cosmic space in which Śiva’s dance takes place. The available karaṇas are discussed in this volume for the first time in the light of Abhinavagupta’s commentary and also the views of modem scholars.
Every structure in the temple is dated with the help of inscriptions. The story is taken through the centuries and its change in meaning and ritual are brought out in this volume which points out what a Hindu temple mean when in full form and through the centuries. The personality of the builder, the role of rājaguru in planning and guidance and also the names of architects who designed and carved the sculptures and executed the lovely paintings are also furnished in this volume which makes it an invaluable work on the temple.
Ladakh ki Kala evam SanskritiISBN : 81-86616-78-7Edited By :Premsingh Jina
(2000, 168pp., col. illus., index)
प्रस्तुत पुस्तक में लद्दाख की बौद्ध संस्कृति के विविध आयाम यथा समाज, बौद्ध संस्कृति का इतिहास, बौद्ध कला का उद्भव एवं विकास, थंका चित्रकला का उद्भव एवं विकास, नव-वर्ष त्यौहार लोसर, आभूषण एवं वेशभूषा, वाद्य यंत्र आदि को संक्षिप्त रूप में प्रस्तुत करने का प्रयास किया गया है। यह कृति हिन्दी भाषी समुदाय के लिए लद्दाख की बौद्ध संस्कृति को समझने के लिए एक सशक्त मार्गदर्शक बन सकती है।
BENGALI PATRIOTIC SONGS AND BRAHMO SAMAJISBN : 81-207-1745-7Edited By :Sreelekha Basu
(1996, xiv+90pp. appends., bibl.)
Collective singing has been a cohesive force in all societies at the moments of crisis or elation…Read MoreThus patriotic songs have played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for freedom. These songs are still sung at various functions in educational and other institutes, keeping alive the memory of the struggle for freedom. This monograph, comprises patriotic songs of Bengal collected by the author, who has done extensive fieldwork to identify the songs after search of archival records which lay untouched in several Brahmo Samaj Mandirs.
COMMUNICATION WITH GOD : THE DAILY PUJA CEREMONY IN THE JAGANNATHA TEMPLEISBN : 81-7305-262-XEdited By :Gaya Charan Tripathi
(2004, xxii+510pp., col. illus., 8, biblio.)
The work for the first time presents in a very detailed manner the various rites in forming the daily pūjā ceremony of one of the most famous and important temples of Hindus-Jagannātha Temple at Purī…Read MoreThe study is based on a large number of au then tic palm -leaf manuscripts discovered and collected by the author in Orissa, substantiated by his personal observation and information acquired from the temple functionaries. It is a well known fact that the study of Hindu temple rituals has not yet been taken up so extensively and seriously as that of the Vedic rituals. This work seeks to fill up this desirable gap and is a significant contribution to the study of the process of formation of the medieval Hinduism and its gradual development.
The rite of the Hindu pūjā is basically a very subtle and sublime spiritual phenomenon in which the worshipper, in the course of meditation, first dissolves his mundane body to create a divine body for himself, identical in nature with that of his Deity. Thereafter visualizing the tejas of the Deity in his heart through concentrated meditation upon His/Her form, he transfers this divine effulgence into the image for the time being in order to achieve a subject-object relationship with the Deity, who is identical with the self, and starts communicating with his God from the same elevated plane.
Evening Blossoms: The Temple Tradition of Sañjhī in VṚndavanaISBN : 91-207-1645-0Edited By :Asimakrishna Dasa
(1996, 63pp., col. and b&w ills., notes, bibl.)
The temple tradition of Sāñjhī in Vrndavana describes the transformation of a folk tradition. Sāñjhī was originally a ritual worship undertaken by unmarried girls throughout northern India to obtain a suitable husband. It became a temple tradition in the seventeenth century when the devotional bhakti movement…Read Morelinked it to the games played by Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa as children in Vraja, the cowherd camp where God was pleased to reside as Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the previous era. The devotional verses of the next two centuries describe these games and evoke Sāñjhī as a ritual design made with forest flowers in the autumn, after the rains. Thus, Rādhā, Kṛṣṇa’s āhlādinī śakti or joygoing potency, who is also prakṛti (nature), is engaged in her own beautification.
GOLD DUST OF BEGUM SULTANS Zubaida SultanISBN : 978-81-291-4024-1Edited By : ZAKIA ZAHEER & SYEDA SAIYIDAIN HAMEED , Distributor: Rupa Publications India (P) Ltd., New Delhi - 2.
GOVINDADEVA : A DIALOGUE IN STONEISBN : 81-85503-03-6Edited By :MARGARET CASE
(1996, xxi+305pp. line drawings, b&w illus.)
This volume incorporates the papers presented at a conference held in 1991. The study brings into focus the multi faceted and multi-layered personality of Vraja through the great temple known as Govindadeva of the Mughal period. It presents a detailed study of Govindadeva’s design and iconography,…Read Morerichly illustrated with photographs and drawings. Other chapters discuss the history of its construction and desecration under Aurangzeb, and describe the temples built along the way for the image of Sri Govindadeva when he travelled to his present home in Jaipur. Documentation from manuscript archives brings alive the lineage of priests serving the temple, and the ritual life of the temple is reconstructed from manuscript sources. The contributors are noted Indian, American and European scholars.
IN FAVOUR OF GOVINDADEVAJĪ: HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO A DEITY OF VRINDAVANA AND EASTREN RAJASTHANISBN : 81-7304-315-9Edited By :Monika Horstmann
(1999, xvi+374pp., Facsimilies; bibl., index)
Śrī Govindadevajī, a family deity of Amber’s Kachavāhā dynasty, now dwells in Jaipur, along with his consort Rādhā. His first appearance, however, he made in Vṛndāvana where he came to reside in the great temple built for him by Rājā Mānsingh and consecrated in 1590…Read MoreGovindadevajī was a symbol of Mānsingh’s power and became a focus of political interaction of the Mughal Emperor and the Kachavāhās and, hence, an object of imperial and royal patronage. In the end of the seventeenth century, Govindadevajī and Rādhā, accompanied by Vṛndāvana’s tutelary goddess, Vṛndādevī, were taken to the Amber territory to protect them from damage by the hands of iconoclasts. Govindadevajī and his consort eventually came to reside in the palatial temple in the precincts of the City Palace of Mahārājā Savāī Jaisingh’s new capital, Jaipur. The rise of the deity to the status of a symbol of regnal power also meant the rise of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism and the deity’s custodians to power in the Kachavāhā territory.
The documents published in this book span more than three and a half centuries. In their own style which is that of fiscal and other official papers, they tell of the fortunes of Govindadevajī Apart from their importance as testimonies of religious policy, they also permit insight into the administrative and diplomatic usage of the Kachavāha chancery, an aspect which the author has attempted to highlight.
SACRED COMPLEX OF GURUVAYUR TEMPLEISBN : 978-81-7305-388-7Edited By :P.R.G. Mathur
(2009, 246pp., + xxvi, col. illus 129, bibl., Figs. & Maps 28, Index)
Sacred Complex of the Guruvayur Temple is the first comprehensive study of the Tāntric aspects of the famous Guruvayur Śrī Kṛṣṇa Temple, which has become the second richest and busy pilgrim centre in India, in recent years…Read MoreThe uniqueness of the Guruvayur Sacred Complex is its universal appeal. The secrets of the Sacred Complex of Guruvayur are described in simple language for the lay devotees by the author. He has combined the humility of a votary with objectivity of a scientific researcher. This pioneering and outstanding work is expected to receive attention from social scientists, planners and administrators and inspire researchers to study other sacred temple complexes as mirrors of Indian religious tradition.
Shree Ramayan: MahanveshnamISBN : 978-81-267-1679-1Edited By :M. Virappa Moili, Dr. Pradhan Gurudatt
धर्म वही शाश्वत होता है जो समय की समस्याओं का निदान करने में सक्षम हो। पुराण कथाओं में समय की सारी समस्याओं का समाधान निहित होता है इसलिए पुराण “धर्म-ग्रन्थ” कहे गए हैं। वे समय की सीमाओं को लाँघकर, सैकड़ों पीढ़ियों तक दोहराए जाते हैं।…Read Moreपुराण-पुरुष नही है जिसका जीवन-वृत्त पाठक या श्रोता के मन में साहस और आत्मविश्वास की ज्योति जला दे। पौराणिक आख्यानों में निहित शाश्वत समाधान प्रस्तुत करके समाज को नव-जागरण और नव-निर्वाण की प्रेरणा देना लेखक का दायित्व है। वही तत्त्व लेखन की श्रेष्ठता और सफलता की कसौटी है।
कन्नड़ के प्रसिद्ध लेखक श्री वीरप्पा मोयिली ने इस ग्रन्थ में वाल्मीकि के आधार से, सुमित्रानंद्न श्री लक्ष्मण के अति ओजस्वी व्यक्तित्व को “महान्वेषण” के शब्दावरण में सजाने का प्रयत्न किया है। मोयिली के सौमित्र दीन-दलित मानवता के उत्थान के लिए जो प्रेरणा देते है वे मंत्र आज भी उतने की प्रासंगिक और कार्यकारी प्रतीत होते हैं जितने वे हजारों साल पहले रहे होंगे। इस प्रकार अतीत के दीपक से वर्तमान को प्रकाशित करने का प्रयत्न है श्री रामायण महान्वेषणम्।