Temples and Shrines

Temples and Shrines

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A Pilgrimage in South India in 1845: TiruvannamalaiA Pilgrimage in South India in 1845: Tiruvannamalai
A Pilgrimage in South India in 1845: Tiruvannamalai
  • Publisher : Sri Ramanasramam
  • by : Francoise Boudignon
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2016
  • Pages : 64
  • Weight : 550gm.
  • Size :
  • ISBN-10: 8182882478
  • ISBN-13: 978-8182882478

It describes the main components of the Tiruvannamalai Festival along with the beliefs that underlie them from a pilgrim’s perspective. Tiruvannamalai, a pilgrimage centre for centuries, found a new steam when it got associated with the name of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

The South Indian town of Tiruvannamalai, in recent times associated with the great sage Ramana Maharshi, has, for more than a thousand years, been a major pilgrimage centre for devotees of Lord Siva. Its major festival, occurring between mid-November and mid-December, attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees. In this charming and beautifully-illustrated account, Françoise Boudignon, the author, describes the main components of the festival along with the beliefs that underlie them. The story unfolds through the eyes of a family of peasants who journey from their village to attend the ten-day event. A wide spectrum of Hindu customs, practices and beliefs unfold as the family explores the wonders and the traditions of their ancient culture.

    Varanasi Vista: Early Views of the Holy City
    Varanasi Vista: Early Views of the Holy City
    • Publisher : Indica Books
    • By : Jagmohan Mahajan
    • Cover : Paperback
    • Edition : May 30, 2008
    • Pages : 90
    • Weight : 1600 g.
    • Size : 17.3 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches
    • Language : English
    • ISBN-10 : 8186569715
    • ISBN-1 3: 978-8186569719
    • Product Code : BK14271

    Form the Jacket

    One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the holiest in India. Varanasi has attracted pilgrims from all over India for over 2500 years. No account of the travels of Indian visitors and pilgrims to the city, however, is available because of the non-existence of the tradition of recording impressions of such visits by Indians

    Nor is there any record of foreign travelers visiting Varanasi until four centuries ago. It was then that travelers form the West started visiting Varanasi on a regular basis, and left animated accounts their visit. Later a number of landscape artists, almost entirely from Britain, began coming to India towards the end of the eighteenth century, and made superb sketches of Varanasi when they visited the city.

    The views of Varanasi by the visiting landscape artists gave not only the outside word but also the Indians themselves the first ever visual impression of the scenic splendours of the holy city,. Until then so such visual record existed because of the lack of the genre of landscape painting in an otherwise rich Indian art.

    Assembled from public and private art collections in India and abroad, these views are now being published together, along with a short survey of travelers;' accounts of their visit to Varanasi, for the first time.

    About the Author

    Jagmohan Mahajan has written extensively on British landscape artists in India as also on Ganga. His publications include Picturesque India: Sketches and Travels of Thomas and William Daniell. The Raj Landscape: British Views of Indian Cities and the Ganga Trail: Foreign Accounts of the River Scene.

      Towards The Pilgrimage Archetype The Pancakrosi Yatra of Banaras (Pilgrimage & Cosmology Series)
      Towards The Pilgrimage Archetype The Pancakrosi Yatra of Banaras (Pilgrimage & Cosmology Series)
      • Publisher : Indica Books
      • By : Rana P.B Singh
      • Cover : Paperback
      • Edition : January 1, 2011
      • Pages : 221
      • Weight : 300 gm.
      • Size : 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
      • Language : English
      • ISBN-10 : 8186569308
      • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569306
      • Product Code : BK14270

      Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1947-76) was one of the best minds that India has produced in the twentieth century. Son of a Tamil father and an English mother, his life was a living example on how to build bridges between Eastern and Western cultures.
      By profession an art critic and a museum curator, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was also a masterful exponent of metaphysics. As much at home with Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas as with Shankara and the other Vedic commentators, familiar with the Scriptures of all the main religions and proficient in many languages, he used to teach metaphysical principles by explaining the symbolism of traditional works. In his writings Coomaraswamy never displays his vast knowledge for the sake of mere erudition, but rather uses his amazing scholarship for a well-crafted plan: to show that below the endless variety of art forms and traditional beliefs a common thread runs deep — the acceptance of the sacred as the ultimate means to validate the multiplicity of everyday experience.
      This book is a compilation of quotations from his works and letters, and it constitutes a good introduction to his thought. His theories are here applied to concrete situations, related to the problems of modern India, and could still suggest a third way to avoid both the traps of modern technocracy and the temptation of fundamentalism. It should not surprise us that his views are still relevant to the present situation: his opinions are rooted in truths that are neither political nor historical, neither ideological, or simply religious, nor even merely intellectual. They are rather related to that inner wisdom that embraces, without crushing it, all the distinctiveness of human experience.

        Amma, Take Me To The Golden Temple
        Amma, Take Me To The Golden Temple
        Come, explore the places we worship Join Amma and her children as they travel to the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar. Take a tour through the wonderful sights, sounds and history of Darbar Sahib. Hear stories about the Sikh gurus. Visit Darshani Deori and Akal Takht. Savour a drink from the sacred waters at Har Ki Pauri and the langar from the world's biggest kitchen! Learn Guru Nanak's eternal message of equality, love and service. Told through interesting stories with captivating illustrations, this new series introduces readers to the history of different faiths and their associated monuments.

        Bhakti Mathur
        "Bhakti Mathur lives in Hong Kong with her husband, their two sons and two dogs. She is a banker by profession and the author of the hugely popular Amma, Tell Me series."
        The Temple of Chaunsatha yogin at Bheraghat
        The Temple of Chaunsatha yogin at Bheraghat
        Edition : 1978
        Language : English
        Size & Pages : Size 26 cm, pp. xvi, 184, Illus., 1978
        Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
        Format : Hardbound
        The Hindu Temple (2 Vols.)
        The Hindu Temple (2 Vols.)
        This two-volume work explains in detail the religious and spiritual significance of the temple by means of copious references to Sanskrit texts--both sacred and scientific. It depicts the Hindu Temple as not merely a heap of brick, stone or wood but a visible symbol of aspirations of pious men and women, the throbbings of their hearts in religious fervor and their endeavor for the attainment of salvation. The first four parts of the work are devoted to the philosophy of temple architecture. Part V deals with the origin and development of the temple from the Vedic fire altars to the latest forms. Part VI discusses the pyramidal and curvilinear superstructures in the main varieties of the Sikhara, the Sikhara enmeshed in Gavaksas and the composite Sikhara. Part VII describes the proportional measurements and the rhythmic disposition of the garbha-grha and the vertical section. It discusses the proportions of the Mandapa and the types of temples described in ancient Sanskrit texts like the Brhatsamhita and the Samaranganasutradhara. This most comprehensive and authoritative treatise of ancient Indian Temple Architecture will prove of immense help to the students of ancient Indian culture.

        Contents (Vol. 1)
        PART I: The Site, Part II: The Plan, Part III: Plan and Supernal Man, Part IV: The Substances of which the temple is built, Names and Origins of the Temple, Part VI. The Superstructure, Part VII: Proportionate Measurement and Varieties of the Temple (Volume 2) Part VIII: The Images of the Temple, Explanation of Plates, Appendix, Sources, Index, Plates I-IXXX.

        About the Author(s)
        STELLA KRAMRISCH was a pioneering interpreter of Indian art and its religious contexts. During her entire career as a creative scholar, teacher, museum curator and editor, she was a dominant force in shaping European, American, and Asian notions of Indian culture.

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