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Revisiting The Pancha Kanyas

Author : Pradip Bhattacharya
ISBN : UOM:39015081825286
Genre : Hindu mythology
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Puranic Tales For Cynical People

Author : Rajshekhar Bose
ISBN : 8187981849
Genre : Puranas
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In a style that is curiously light and acerbic at the same time, Rajshekhar Parashuram Bose places well-known characters from the Puranas in situations that might have been. Surpanakha s wooden nose and ear pieces fall off as she becomes hysterical reminiscing about her heartbreaking love for Ram; Mahaveer Hanuman s wife-hunt ends in despair; Durvasa finds his rattle years later, in the Kali Yug, tangled in his beard thanks to a few mice; and Hanuman appears again at a séance in the 1950 s to explain Ram s rule and the politics of power, and even delivers the proverbial kick in the butt to a couple of so-called patriots.

The Legend Of Parshu Raam

Author : Dr Vineet Agarwal
ISBN : 9789385890055
Genre : Fiction
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He was the guru of Bhishma Pitamah... He was the avatar of Vishnu but a disciple of Shiva... And He shall be the martial guru of Kalki, the last Avatar in this Yuga! When the Chandravanshi emperor Arjun began expanding his empire to the entire world, the Asuras hit back with an insidious plan. Caught in the crossfire is Raam, who comes back from his penance tofind 21 arrows piercing his father's body. Raam vows to avenge his death by killing the evil Kshatriyas 21 times starting with Arjun. Thus begins The Legend of Parshuram.

Jaiminiya Ashvamedha Parva

Author : Jaimini
ISBN : 818157849X
Genre : Aśvamedha
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The Ancient Geography Of India

Author : Alexander Cunningham
ISBN : 9781108056458
Genre : History
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First published in 1871, this is a detailed geographical study of India's Buddhist period, up to the seventh century CE. Written by the influential archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham (1814-93), it draws on material ranging from the campaigns of Alexander the Great to the travels of the Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang.

Saivism In The Diaspora

Author : Ron Geaves
ISBN : 1845532341
Genre : Religion
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The book will explore contemporary manifestations of the worship of Siva that have transmigrated to the West. It explores Hindu vernacular traditions or village Hinduism especially in the context of the Hindu diaspora, where the general assumption is that such forms of Hinduism cannot survive as they lack the infrastructure and the rural environment. Based on extensive fieldwork in Britain and India, the author shows that significant developments are taking place where Hindu communities have achieved sufficient concentration for various movements to appear that reproduce folk traditions connected to a particular locale in the subcontinent. These movements often display a focus on the pragmatic or apotropaic motivation for worship of deities associated with healing. The focus is on the Baba Balaknath communities originating in the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh; the worship of Murugan amongst Tamil populations and the Community of the Many Names of God in Wales which originated in the worship of Subramaniyam in Shri Lanka. The book will not only throw some clarity on changing beliefs and practices in the Hindu diaspora, particularly the role of the apotropaic or pragmatic dimension, it will also help to understand important theoretical concepts such as Sanskritisation and the relationship between the Little Tradition and the Great Tradition or All-India and local traditions.

Tantric Visions Of The Divine Feminine

Author : David R. Kinsley
ISBN : 812081522X
Genre : Hindu goddesses
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What is one to make of a group of goddesses that includes a goddess who cuts her own head off, a goddess who sits on a corpse while pulling the tongue of a demon, or a goddess who prefers sex with corpses? Tantra visions of the Divine Faminine deals with

Ethnographic Discourse Of The Other

Author : Panchanan Mohanty
ISBN : 9781443808569
Genre : Social Science
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This book primarily tries to bring out the analogy between the conceptual and methodological discourses on the theme of the other. The term 'Other' here refers to the oppressed sections of the society. It may be dalits, women, indigenous or ethnic communities. Since we are living in a multicultural and multilingual society, we should share our views with others on a platform where issues of the marginalized people are addressed by different scholars following different methods and techniques. Though there are various policies and plans for the welfare of the downtrodden, hardly any change can be seen at the micro-level structure of the society. There are studies which highlighted the problems and ethos of the downtrodden sections, but a majority of those studies neglected the marginalized groups. Hence, we felt the need to highlight the issues and concerns of these groups in a wider context and started thinking on the theme 'Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues'. This volume attempts to discuss and theorize the pragmatic concepts and issues related to the marginalized groups in contemporary societies in South Asia. This book is interdisciplinary in nature and will be useful to scholars and students of Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Social Work, Culture Studies, Gender Studies and Philosophy. It is widely applicable to all sections of the oppressed socially, economically, culturally, academically, politically and other wise.

Hanuman S Tale

Author : Philip Lutgendorf
ISBN : 9780199885824
Genre : Religion
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Hanuman, the devoted monkey helper of Rama and Sita, has long been recognized as a popular character in India's ancient Ramayana epic. But more recently he has also become one of the most beloved and worshiped gods in the Hindu pantheon - enshrined in majestic new temples, but equally present in poster art, advertising, and mass media. Drawing on Sanskrit and vernacular texts, classical iconography and modern TV serials, and extensive fieldwork and interviews, Philip Lutgendorf challenges the academic clich? of Hanuman as a "minor" or "folk" deity by exploring his complex and growing role in South Asian religion and culture. This wide-ranging study examines the historical evolution of Hanuman's worship, his close association with Shiva and goddesses, his invocation in tantric ritual, his physical immortality and enduring presence in sacred sites, and his appeal to devotees who include scholars, wrestlers, healers, politicians, and middle-class urbanites. Lutgendorf also offers a rich array of entertaining stories not previously available in English: an expanding epic cycle that he christens the "Hanumayana." Arguing that Hanuman's role as cosmic "middle man" is intimately linked to his embodiment in a charming and provocative simian form, Lutgendorf moves beyond the Indian subcontinent to interrogate the wider human fascination with anthropoid primates as boundary beings and as potent signifiers of both Self and Other.

Leadership And Power

Author : S. K. Chakraborty
ISBN : UOM:39015053767367
Genre : Business & Economics
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The accelerating spread of mammon worship, galloping commercialization of science, technology and academia along with the crumbling traditional norms which upheld social conduct, have all combined to produce increasing evidence of worrisome abuse and misuse of power in all channels of life. The book examines this global problem from multiple perspectives.

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