Glimpses of Early Indo-Indonesian Culture – Collected Papers of Himanshu Bhushan SarkarISBN : 81-7305-182-8Edited By :BACHCHAN KUMAR
(2001, xlvi+314pp., bibl., index.)
Indonesia has close cultural relations with India since the beginning of Christian era. Indian culture influenced Indonesia to a great extent in shaping its society, religion, customs, beliefs, art and architecture, specially during the pre-Islamic period…Read More
H.B. Sarkar is one of the ten Indian scholars who worked on the classical period of South-East Asia with special emphasis on Indonesia. He devoted his life to the study of this area and also did commendable work on the epigraphy. His work Corpus of the Inscriptions ofJava (in two volumes) is widely acclaimed.
The present volume contains the collection of his sixteen best-known and thought-provoking research papers on Indo-Indonesian culture.
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.
HINDUISM and BUDDHISMISBN : 81-7304-227-6Edited By :Keshavaram N. Iengar and Rama P. Coomaraswamy
(1999, xxiii+87pp., notes, index)
Originally published in 1943, the two essays are authoritative expositions of the teachings of these religions as understood by those who practised them rather than as understood by scholars and comparative religionists who studied and viewed them from without…Read MoreCoomaraswamy assumes that even the oldest forms of Hinduism were neither polytheistic nor pantheistic and that there is no doctrine of reincarnation, other than that of the immanent God “who never becomes anyone”. Hinduism is the oldest of the surviving mystery religions whose formulations are essentially the same as those of Platonism, Christianity, Taoism and other traditional doctrines.
Buddhism is treated in a similar manner. The life of the pseudo-historical founder, the conqueror of death, repeats the original myth of the archetypal dragon slayer. His doctrine as he asserts very forcibly is not his own but the re-opening of the “ancient path”. Buddhism is thus not a “new” religion, but rather a reiteration, with different emphases, of the same teachings that are to be found in the Ancient Vedas.
ICONOGRAPHY OF AVALOKITESVARA IN MAINLAND SOUTH EAST ASIAISBN : 81-7305-182-8-0Edited By :Nandana Chutiwongs
(2001, xlvi+314pp., bibl., index.)
This book contains a life-long study by the author on the concept and configuration of one of the best loved religious figures in Asia. It is based on the data extensively acquired from inscriptional and other archaeological evidences…Read MoreThe book offers a deep insight into the religious life of ancientSoutheast Asia, which had provided the backdrop to the veneration of Avalokiteśvara, the Buddhist personification of Compassion. The visual representations portray him in an amazing variety of forms, reflecting the local adaptations of imported norms, to meet the spiritual obligations and the aesthetic aspirations of each community. Their iconographic details symbolically personify a series of religious ideologies, of human hope, basic needs and of yearning faith. Their stylistic features reveal, not only the standards of human artistic achievements, but also the trends of religious variants among societies of different cultural and social backgrounds, but united in a common faith and belief.
ICONOGRAPHY OF THE BUDDHIST SCULPTURE OF ORISSAISBN : 81-7017-375-2Edited By :Thomas Donaldson
(2001, xxi+792pp., (2 vols. text & plates), figs., gloss, bibl., index)
The present book on the iconography of the Buddhist sculptures of Orissa utilizes the author’s expertise of Orissan Brāmanical art to develop a similar consistent and reliable iconographic and stylistic evolution…Read Morefor the Buddhist art of Orissa and its adherence to, or deviation from, surviving textual iconographic peculiarities. There is little doubt that Orissa played a major role in the creation, development and dissemination of Buddhist doctrines and concepts throughout India and the Buddhist world, particularly in respect to Vajrayāna Buddhism and the iconography of sculptural maṇḍalas. Particular emphasis in this book is placed on the reciprocal influence between Brāhmanical and Buddhist art in Orissa, both religions expanding at the same time in regard to the proliferation of deities and their variant forms, and each apparently competing with the other for patronage and converts.
ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF VEDIC RITUALSISBN : 81-7305-309-XEdited By :H. C. RANADE
(2006, XXXvi+348pp., Bibl., B/w Illus. 209)
The present lexicon explains the meaning and significance of ritualistic terms frequently occurring in the Śrauta-Sūtras, together with a short description of the sacrificial rites connected or meant therewith. It is an outcome of the engagement of the author with Śrauta ritual for a very long time. He has not only a first-hand knowledge of the texts but also a practical acquaintance with the subject acquired through participating in such sacrifices….Read MoreEvery term has been traced back to its original source for which exact references have been provided. A proper understanding of the technical terminology of the Vedic ritual is a precondition for understanding ritualistic texts connected with the Vedas and also the sacrificial performances mentioned therein. No proper understanding of a Śrauta-Sūtras is possible without knowing the basic concepts and the details of the ritualistic terms. Sketches and photographs of Vedic implements and performances are an added advantage of this lexicon, which will help the reader immensely in
understanding the related terms.
The dictionary is the first of its kind in view of its vast coverage, authenticity and reliability. We are sure that it will prove to be an indispensable asset for every scholar who wants to familiarize himself with the Vedic ritual and the philosophy behind it.
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.
IN SEARCH OF AESTHETICS FOR THE PUPPET THEATREISBN : 81-207-1400-6Edited By :Michael Meschke
(1992, 176pp., line drawings, b&w illus., appen.)
Written by one of the most creative contemporary artistes of the Puppet Theatre, this book is concerned with aesthetics in the world of puppetry. The author has shown how the space and time in puppetry can be discussed at the same forum as cosmic space and different orders of time…Read More
The author, while demonstrating his deep understanding of the history, theory and aesthetics of puppet theatre, explores the process of creating this art from its inception and presents different themes and characters using different techniques, ranging from the marionette to rod, glove and shadow.
IN THE COMPANY OF GODS:ESSAYS IN MEMORY OF GUNTHER-DIETZ SONTHEIMERISBN : 81-7304-591-7Edited By :ADITYA MALIK, ANNE FELDHAUS, HEIDRUN BRUCKNER
When Gunther Sontheimer passed away at the early age of fifty-eight on 1June 1992, he had done a good thirty years of research and teaching on a variety of subjects including traditional Indian law and ethics, contemporary literature in Marathi, Hinduism and folk religion in Maharasthra…Read MoreHe guided a generation of students at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg and a “Sontheimer School” had begun to take shape there.
This volume contains twenty essays written by Indologists, anthropologists, historians, experts on Indian law, art historians, a filmmaker and a poet from all over the globe – India, Germany, USA, Canada, Israel and Russia are testimony to the shoreless reach of Sontheimer’s work. The authors and the editors of this volume have been irrevocably influenced by his original ideas, and his intensely shy yet extraordinarily inspiring personality.
The essays in this volume are divided into four sections: folk religion, bhakti, history and law, and an epilogue that reflects on Sontheimer’s thoughts on Hindu law, the constituents of Hinduism, his interest in folk bronzes, documentary film-making, and a poem by Dilip Chitre on Sontheimer. The chapters on folk religion reflect his deep understanding of this aspect as being boundary crossing, incorporating the trans-local and the local, the high and the low – a simultaneous networks of traditions. The chapters on bhakti show how devotion, in the Vārkarī tradition in Maharashtra and in Kabīr’s poetry, transcends the categories of folk, tribal and Brāhmanical. The chapters on history and law deal with the application of the forest (vana) and settlement (kṣetra) spatial and symbolical categories used by him in his analysis and customary law during the early colonial period in Maharashtra. The contributions in the fourth section are biographical and trace his thoughts on law, his analysis of Hinduism, his fascination with “folk bronzes” and his discovery of the film.