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Dictionary of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

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ISBN: 9788124602331    Publisher: D K Printworld (P) Ltd Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 335        Language: English
The Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses has evolved over many millennia
from a simple worship of elements and phenomena of nature to a complex
system of myriad gods and goddesses of differing physical...Read more
The Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses has evolved over many millennia
from a simple worship of elements and phenomena of nature to a complex
system of myriad gods and goddesses of differing physical attributes,
characteristic features and functions and each with different forms. The
present Dictionary is an attempt to provide an in-depth yet
comprehensive account of Hindu gods and goddesses referring to all the
important religious sources.
Based on Hindu sacred literature including the Vedas, epics
and the Puranas, the book is a systematic study, in alphabetical order,
of various Hindu gods and goddesses covering aspects such as the
evolution of their worship and their earliest references in texts,
stories of their birth and achievements, their attributes, their
significance in the Hindu scheme of worship, their forms of
representations, and their relationship with one another. It has
references to not only personified beings but also other animate and
inanimate 'sacred' beings/things, seen in close association with the
deities and worshiped by devotees, like Nandi, the bull, the snakes, the
banyan and pipal trees, the shaligramas and the banaligas. The
adornments, vahanas, weapons and places associated with the deities are
also elaborately discussed.
The Dictionary will be an immensely useful reference work for
scholars of ancient Indian mythology and religion as well as general
readers willing to know more about Hindu gods and goddesses.
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About the author: T.R.R. Iyengar
T.R.R. Iyengar , with keen interest in Hindu mythology, religion and philosophy, is a freelance journalist who has published scholarly articles on various... Read more
T.R.R. Iyengar , with keen interest in Hindu mythology, religion and philosophy, is a freelance journalist who has published scholarly articles on various aspects of ancient Hindu thought and culture. Apart from contributions to the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, he is known for his well-compiled The Hindu Mythological Dictionary and the work, Hinduism and Scientific Quest.
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