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Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)
Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)

Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)

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  • Dimensions:9.5 inch x 6.5 inch
  • Edition:2014
  • Author:Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Pande, D. Litt.
  • Publisher:Raka Prakashan, Allahabad
  • ISBN:9789382182146
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:338 (28 B/W Plates)
  • About the Book

     

    The Puranas haveproved to be a rich encyclopaedia of India Culture. Not only do they popularizethe religio-philosophical tradition of ancient India, they also bring the reachof the common man, the practical and the scientific disciplines like medicine,astrology, architecture etc. Since the scope of the present work aims at analysingthe impact of Bhakti on society, religion and art, the work has dealt with thesocio-religious and philosophical traditions as well as the practicaldiscipline which has a direct impact on Bhakti.

     

    Whatmakes the account of the Puranas especial is their attempt to bring out asymbiosis between the ancient and the modern traditions and evolve new idealpatterns which synthesize Vedic, Agamic and Pravrtti and nivrtti ways of lifeand evolve a science of worship by the prevalence of images, temples, traditionof public path, recital of japa, dhyana, tirtha and dana.

     

    ThePuranas also frame rules propagating egalitarianism in the context of Bhakti.Bhakti emerges as a great social leveller.

     

    The Puranas arealso important from the point of view of historiography of religion and thescience of religion. Bhakti receives a Sastraic background and is an integralcombination of knowledge, emotion and action and is aptly termed as the highestpurushartha.

     

    About the Author

     

    Dr. SusmitaPande, D’Litt. isProfessor and Head in the school of Studies in Ancient India History, Cultureand Archaeology Vikram University, Ujjain (India).

     

    Her importantbooks include Birth of Bhakti in Indian Religions & Art (Books & Books,New Delhi), Mediaeval Bhakti Movement (Kusumanjali Prakashan, Meerut), Samaj,Arthik Vyavastha Evam Dharma (M.P. Hindi Grantha Academy, Bhopal) and BhartiyaSanskriti (M.P. Hindi Grantha Academy).

     

    She has a numberof research articles to her credit which include Articles on various aspects ofIndian Culture and Heritage for M.P. Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal She hasbeen the Editor of many books and also of the research journal, PrachyaPratibha.

     

    She was alsoassociated with the research projects of U.G.C., I.C.H.R. and I.I.A.S. Simla andNMMA, New chalcolithic site was unearthed

     

    Preface

     

     

    The study of thePuranas as cultural documents has had a long history. Pargiter had argued thatthe original Puranic traditions went back to the Vedic age. RC Hazra studiedthe socio-cultural milieu in the Puranas and attempted to determine the datesof the extant Puranas. VS Agrawal showed how the mythical, cosmological,geographical and cultural traditions were represented in the Puranas throughsymbols, motifs and iconography. Since then a host of scholars like Dikshitar,SN Dasgupta, SN Roy, ABL Awasthi and many others have published importantstudies on the antiquity, mythology, social and religio- philosophical ideas ofthe Puranas. The present work seeks to be another, step in the direction of theabove researches, Its contribution in eleven chapters seeks to trace thePuranas from the point of view of development of bhakti and its impacton religion, society and art of India especially the Northern India. The workhas especially taken the Vaisnava Puranas to show how the religio-philosophicaltradition of ancient India was brought to the reach of the common man. Thedoctrines of Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga and Tantra were woven together into a richfabric of bhaktiandpresented,tothe masses as different spiritual structures, the ultimate aim of which was aunique blend of pravrttiandnivrttithroughbhakti.Thevarious mythologies, rituals, the legend of Krsna, the love of gopisfor Him go a longway as a symbolic communication of the two levels of consciousness-empiricaland transcendental. This inspired the growth of various art forms likesculpture, painting and architecture. The religio- philosophical ideas werefused together with the practical engineering feat which led to theconstruction of unique temples which were functional as well as symbolic. Thevarious modules of the temples prescribed in the Puranas have been analysed inthis work. The Vaisnava Puranas thus contribute a lot in making bhakti a popularmovement which was not a radical social movement but which caused the religiousand ethical values to permeate the consciousness of the people gradually by presentingan integral structure of bhaktiwhichwas at once theoretical, emotional and practical.

     

    The egalitarian,syncretic and symbiotic spirit of the Puranas does not see a contradictionbetween the religion of heart and rituals, and between higher spiritualphilosophy and its manifestation in the lives of men. Vaisnavism went a longway in developing a universal religion of love which incorporated all castesand classes as well as foreigners in its fold. This is reflected in the VaisnavaPuranas.

     

    I am deeply thankfulto my father Prof. GC Pande, my gurus Prof. BNS Yadav and Prof. SN Roy forencouraging me to work on this topic. I am also thankful to Prof. HN Dubey,Allahabad University, Dr. SK Gupta, former Head, Raj as than University, Jaipur,Dr. Kamal Giri, Director, Gyana Pravaha, Varanasi and Prof. RK Sharma, formerHead, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Prof. RN Mishra, Fellow, IndianInstitute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Prof. Suresh Chandra Pande, Allahabad for theiradvice and guidance.

    My specialthanks are also due to Shri Ota, Superintending Archaeologist and otherofficials of Archaeological Survey of India, Shri Joseph Manuel, Dr. DilipKhamari and Dr. Narayan Vyas for their cooperation.

     

    My thanks are dueto the American Institute of Indian Studies Gurgaon for providing rare photographs&toSindhia Oriental Institute, Prof. Bal Krishna Sharma, Vikram University, Ujjainfor the cover photograph. I thank Rakhi Anand, Mayukhini Pan de and Sucharita Beniwalof National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad for the cover design.

     

    My heartfelt thanksare due to Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mishra, Dr. Jitendra Suman, Dr. Debarshi Sen and Dr.Manoj Sharma for helping me in various ways. I thank Shri Bhupendra SinghChauhan, Shri Vikram Dave and Shri Sunil Pandey (Allahabad Museum) forpreparing a neat typescript patiently.

     

    I am grateful toShri Rakesh Tiwari of Raka Publishing House for the printing of this book.

     

    My thanks are duein no small measure to my husband Shri VK Pande who helped me in preparing varioussketches of the diagrams of the temple types. I am also thankful to my sisterAmita Sharma whose occasional suggestions were very helpful to me. I amgrateful to my mother, late mother-in-law, my father in-law Prof. I.C. Pande, mysisters Anupa Pande, Tanuja Pande, my brothers in law Jaimini Kumar Sharma, DeviPrasad Pande &BinayKishore Pan de and my daughters Shinjini, Mayukhini, sons in-law Kunal and Jai andgrandson Ashutosh for their support.

     

    My reverence is dueto Lal Baba, Guruji Buddhi Prakashji and Kailashpatiji.

    At the end I wouldlike to thank Lord Visnu, the path makers of the Puranic tradition and their moderndiscoverers.

     

    Contents

     

    S.N.

    Chapter

    Page

    l.

    Date and milieu of the Puranas- A Critical Review

    1

    2.

    Nature of Bhakti in the Visnu Purana

    49

    3.

    The Role of Bhagavata Purana in the Development

    64

     

    of Bhakti

     

    4.

    Vaisnava Pantheon

    90

    5.

    Cults and Sects

    133

    6.

    Centres of Pilgrimage

    154

    7.

    Impact of Bhakti on Religious life and Thought

    168

    8.

    Impact on Social Life (Socio-Political Ideas in the Puranas)

    182

    9.

    Bhakti: The Perspective Of Historiography and Science Of Religion

    203

    10.

    Impact of Puranic Bhakti on Art Part-I (Sculpture)

    216

    ll.

    Impact of Puranic Bhakti on Art Part-II (Painting)

    255

    12.

    Impact of Puranic Bhakti on Art Part- III (Temple Architecture )

    260

    13.

    Conclusion

    306

    14.

    Bibliography

    312

    15.

    Index

    321

    16.

    Plates

    327

     

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