Decoding a Hindu Temple

The book suggests a function of the Hindu temple not previously identified, but likely applicable more generally to monuments throughout ancient India.

Decoding a Hindu Temple

Author: Cathleen Cummings

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ISBN: 9780983447269

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Queen Lokamahadevi, the chief wife of the Early Chalukya king Vikramaditya II, began construction of the Virupaksha Temple in approximately 733 at the dynasty's royal consecration site of Pattakadal, in Karnataka, India. As one of the most powerful rulers of the Early Chalukya dynasty, Vikramaditya II controlled territories spread over a vast region of central and southern India. The Virupaksha Temple commemorated his crucial victory over the rival Pallava dynasty to the southeast. Dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and richly adorned with carved images of Shiva, Vishnu, and other deities, the Virupaksha Temple is widely considered one of the most important of the freestanding structures erected during the Chalukya era, and it represents the zenith of temple construction of its period. Although this temple has been studied for more than a century and appears in virtually every textbook on Indian art, its iconographic program has never been fully explored. Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal interprets the iconographic program of Virupaksha Temple. The work demonstrates that the iconography of the temple is expressive of royal aspirations-both material and spiritual-as well of past successes. Specific imagery that legitimizes the king through references to his genealogy and lineage, his royal marriage, and his conquests and defeats of other rival monarchs are identified, as well as his role in upholding the social order. The temple is understood as the formal "stage" for the king's ceremonial life, a testament to his wealth and authority, and the vehicle through which his reign was sacralized and reified. Overall, the book suggests that through its figurative imagery, the temple's iconography reiterates the world orders of both the physical realm and the cosmos at large. At the same time, the book looks at the issue of female patronage to show that the temple reflected the importance of the role of the queen to the functioning of the kingdom. The book suggests a function of the Hindu temple not previously identified, but likely applicable more generally to monuments throughout ancient India.

The Indian Restaurant Menu Decoded

Usually located in the suburbs of large cities, some Hindu temples (for example,
the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Bartlett, Illinois, and the Malibu Hindu
Temple nearLos Angeles)have theirown kitchens where cooks from India
prepare ...

The Indian Restaurant Menu Decoded

Author: Colleen Taylor Sen

Publisher: eBooks2go

ISBN: 1618130501

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The aim of this guide is to help the diner interpret the menu of Indian restaurants in North America and choose dishes that will not only expand their understanding but also enhance their enjoyment of Indian cooking, one of the world's greatest cuisines.

Decoding the Metaphor Mahabharata

The Hindu Temple. Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1974. Kriyananda, Swami. The
Bhagavad Gita. Ananda Sangha Publications, Gurgaon, 2007. Moorjani, Anita.
Dying to Be Me. Hay House Publishers India, New Delhi, 2012. Muktananda,
Swami ...

Decoding the Metaphor Mahabharata

Author: Diwaker Ikshit Srivastava

Publisher: One Point Six Technology Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9352010000

Page: 452

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"The Mahabharata is amongst India’s foremost spiritual texts. However, the stories of Mahabharata, are anything but spiritual. Violence, deceit, bloodshed, war, abduction, injustice, greed, lust … spills out, story after story. For thousands of years, these stories have been passed down. Generations of Indians profess to know them intimately. But do we really? What we think we know of the Mahabharata, is just the outer veil. Hidden below the veil, are keys which unlock the Mahabharata and reveal its true significance. Somewhere in time, these keys were forgotten, and then lost. All that passed on were the stories. With the discovery of the keys, this book shows how every name, every place, every episode, every boon, just everything, in the Mahabharata, is actually a metaphor! Decoded metaphors in this book, reveal the astonishing majesty and glory of the Mahabharata. Every familiar character now acquires a new signficance, and casts a new light on the underlying Vedantic philosophy - and the way of life of an enlightened people. Decoded thus, the Mahabharata is revealed to be what it truly is: a magnificent treatise on Vedanta. This is what makes Mahabharata, perhaps the greatest spiritual text, as relevant today as it was back then. And more needed today, than ever before. "

Biological Decoding of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses

He is the most worshipped God in present India and was so in ancient India as
evident from the existence of temples of His consort Devi Sati/Durga all over the
Indian subcontinent. He is worshipped in Linga, called ShivaLinga made up of ...

Biological Decoding of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Author: SARANYU S. SARASWATI

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1649516347

Page: 276

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Know the meaning of Hindu Gods and Goddesses? Know the great philosophy of worship in idols by the Hindus? What makes an Avatar of Lord Vishnu? Why Devi Durga is worshipped in many different manifestations? How come death (Yama) is a God! How Hindu Gods are parts of health sciences? ........... This book has found a foundation of the Hindu religion that enables to know Hinduism better, to find answers to all such questions. This book tells about the meanings of the Hindu Gods. It speaks about the living body. Body/health and Gods are the same! The science of “life” of ancient times is Hindu Gods, by names. The book has decoded the Hindu Gods, including astrological planets, in the language of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, physics, behavioural science, etc. giving new dimensions to the religion, and our biological understandings. Welcome to the knowledge core of the Hinduism. Welcome to the core knowledge of the body functioning applicable to all the streams of biology and health science including Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, etc.

Decoding India

Another familiar reference shows how the aircraft asserts its presence in line with
Indian traditions and beliefs. Focus once on Indian temple systems. The shape of
the temples in both the northern and southern regions of India varies from ...

Decoding India

Author: Deepak Jena

Publisher: Fanatixx

ISBN: 9390458145

Page: 320

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The book brings to the fore the invisible and realistic aspects of ancient Indian science by comparing it with the potential of modern science. It also gives factual explanations for the underlying causes and history behind the decline of advanced Indian civilization as well as the hidden aspects of political ideology and deception. The main purpose of this book is to try to introduce Indian society as a deer musk with its invisible potential and real facts.

Decoding The God and The Religion Volume 1

A temple is a structure reserved for religious and spiritual rituals such as prayer,
effectively used in Indian culture. They are constant companions in the pursuit of
truth and ultimate happiness. Though on surface these symbols look trivial and ...

Decoding  The God  and  The Religion     Volume 1

Author: Akhil Rajendra

Publisher: One Point Six Technologies Pvt Ltd

ISBN: 9390266777

Page: 117

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Decoding ‘The God’ and ‘The Religion’ is written in a format that is easy to read and understand, whether the reader is a 13-15 years old or 50-60 years old, a 10th grader or a post graduate. It caters to everyone in a simplified manner with the idea of not asking one to ‘believe’, but to understand, feel, introspect, explore and know the answers. Each line is written matter-of-factly, which will make readers feel like this is something they already knew, they already had inside them and will hopefully encourage you to look within. Evolution plays a huge part here in this era, so to help you enjoy the experience of your individual journey into the Divinity, I do not need to make you wear the coloured spectacles of belief and dogmas. In today’s time, there already is so much information, and awareness, so many studies on physical and medical education, which are progressing every passing day. Social and judicial systems also get upgraded in most democratic countries, so I do not need to write a lot about it; that would be like rewriting an existing software as religion in a book or this series of books. All I need to do here is remove the coloured lens of belief and dogma, and open all eyes to understanding, giving accessibility to upgrades and updates of existing software, with the right intent, taking the human brain as the hardware. I have refrained from taking the name of any religion, sect or belief, or of their respective preachers, so that opportunists do not mislead people from the right context and intent of this book for the sake of their greed, lust, personal gains and agendas.

Concepts of Time Ancient and Modern

renascent Hindu patronage of Rana Kumbha at Chittorgarh , was already self -
consciously attempting to re - establish the ... 13 ) , for example , even the Hindu
temple's potent tower can be decoded only as part of a wildly different system of ...

Concepts of Time  Ancient and Modern

Author: Kapila Vatsyayan

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Contributed papers presented in a seminar of Kala (time).

India Studies News

Program ' s first year in the Middle : The Meaning of Hanuman in Indian Culture . "
On sets furious pace ... Professor Dennis Hudson from Smith College talked
about “ Decoding the Body of God : Exploring the Hindu Temple ” on February 8 .

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Bangladesh decoded

August, 2005: Rape 4 Murder 6 Kidnap 3 Attacks on Hindu temples 5 Land
confiscation /Forcible eviction 9 Attack / theft / looting / intimidation 22 TOTAL 49
September, 2005: Rape 3 Murder 1 Kidnap 3 Attacks on Hindu temples 10 Land
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Bangladesh decoded

Author: Rāma Nareśa Prasāda Siṃha

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The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces

Surveys the world's major religions and offers insight into the sacred structures of all of them, including the Hagia Sophia, a neo-Sumerian Ziggurat from ancient Mesopotamia, and Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces

Author: Jon Cannon

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

ISBN: 9781848991118

Page: 224

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Surveys the world's major religions and offers insight into the sacred structures of all of them, including the Hagia Sophia, a neo-Sumerian Ziggurat from ancient Mesopotamia, and Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

Decoding the Great Pyramid

Only astrology , it seems , could IN CERERER DELETE X THERE IS NOTHING
NEW UNDER THE SUN BROSSA LOR. The cyclic nature of time is symbolized in
the Hindu sun - temple at Konarak ( Orissa ) . The ' solar chariot ' of the temple is
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Decoding the Great Pyramid

Author: Peter Lemesurier

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ISBN: 9780760719626

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The Pre Angkorian Temple of Preah Ko

In ancient times , there The three - dimensional structure of the towers existed two
unique types of scripture , Sanskrit has to be decoded as a kind of abode of ...
According to Hindu mythology , the tower associated with the north - Indian script
“ nagari " represented the holy mountain of Meru as ... and freetemples , such as
the south - Indian temple from standing objects ( sculptures , pedestals , steles ,
etc. ) ...

The Pre Angkorian Temple of Preah Ko

Author: Michael S. Falser

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The temple of Preah Ko, built in the 9th century AD, represents a unique transition point between the Pre-Angkorian and the Angkorian periods. It is undoubtedly one of the most important temple structures in Khmer architecture, if not in whole South-East Asia. This temple gave a whole range of 9th century temples their stylistic group name, Preah Ko-Style. Despite its importance, Preah Ko was rarely acknowledged in detail in academic literature. This work analyses Preah Ko in its historical, archaeological, architectural, stylistic and contemporary social and religious questions. Together with its unique collection of illustrations, it serves as an ideal source book of the Preah Ko-Style.

Rtu Vidy

This book is for all Indian women who have unanswered questions pertaining to menstrual practices, for menstrual researchers who will find a treasure trove of potential areas for research pertaining to menstrual health, for sportswomen to ...

Rtu Vidy

Author: Sinu Joseph

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1649198671

Page: 388

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The book ?tu Vidy? emerged in search of answers to questions asked by adolescent girls and women in India during the author’s interactions with them as part of Menstrual Health workshops, conducted over a span of a decade across rural India. In an attempt to decode menstrual practices, the author undertook a journey across India and studied various indigenous knowledge systems such as ?a?-Dar?ana, ?yurved, Tantra, Cakra, Y?g, ?gama ??stra, Jyotis?a ?a?stra, and several sub-texts from these categories. As a result, the book goes beyond just describing cultural practices and takes a deep dive into explaining the scientific and logical reasoning behind the origin of these practices. This book is for all Indian women who have unanswered questions pertaining to menstrual practices, for menstrual researchers who will find a treasure trove of potential areas for research pertaining to menstrual health, for sportswomen to discover the ancient techniques that worked in sync with women’s periods and not against it, and also for the feminist who assumes that cultural practices around menstruation are a taboo that needs to be done away with. The correct understanding of the science behind menstrual practices, as given in this book, will help women prevent menstrual difficulties, develop a positive attitude toward menstruation, and learn to work in sync with nature’s cycles. ?tu (pronounced as ruthu) is one of the terms for menstruation in Sanskrit. Vidy? means knowledge. ?tu Vidy? is the author’s attempt to bring together various indigenous knowledge systems that provide information about the science of menstruation, which is relevant even to this day.

Indian Horizons

A typical Hindu temple best illustrates this phenomenon . In a temple , the
sequence of ... is this aspect of encoding and decoding that sets in an
instantaneous dialogue between the user and the architectural product . The
affectivity of the ...

Indian Horizons

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Myth Mithya

In This Groundbreaking Book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, One Of India S Most Popular Mythologists, Seeks An Answer To These Apparent Paradoxes And Unravels An Inherited Truth About Life And Death, Nature And Culture, Perfection And Possibility.

Myth   Mithya

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143099703

Page: 232

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A Decoding Of Hindu Mythology Hindus Have One God. They Also Have 330 Million Gods: Male Gods, Female Gods, Personal Gods, Family Gods, Household Gods, Village Gods, Gods Of Space And Time, Gods For Specific Castes And Particular Professions, Gods Who Reside In Trees, In Animals, In Minerals, In Geometrical Patterns And In Man-Made Objects. Then There Are A Whole Host Of Demons. But No Devil. In This Groundbreaking Book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, One Of India S Most Popular Mythologists, Seeks An Answer To These Apparent Paradoxes And Unravels An Inherited Truth About Life And Death, Nature And Culture, Perfection And Possibility. He Retells Sacred Hindu Stories And Decodes Hindu Symbols And Rituals, Using A Unique Style Of Commentary, Illustrations And Diagrams. We Discover Why The Villainous Kauravas Went To Heaven And The Virtuous Pandavas (All Except Yudhishtira) Were Sent To Hell; Why Rama Despite Abandoning The Innocent Sita Remains The Model King; Why The Blood-Drinking Kali Is Another Form Of The Milk-Giving Gauri; And Why Shiva Wrenched Off The Fifth Head Of Brahma. Constructed Over Generations, Hindu Myths Serve As Windows To The Soul, And Provide An Understanding Of The World Around Us. The Aim Is Not To Outgrow Myth, But To Be Enriched And Empowered By Its Ancient, Potent And Still Relevant Language.

Shiva to Shankara

Most devotees disagree. Who is right? To make sense of a mythological image one has to align the language heard stories] with the language performed rituals], and the language seen symbols]. This book also looks at the sexual metaphors.

Shiva to Shankara

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik

Publisher: Indus Source

ISBN: 9788188569045

Page: 157

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Many modern scholars say Shiva linga is a phallic symbol. Most devotees disagree. Who is right? To make sense of a mythological image one has to align the language heard stories] with the language performed rituals], and the language seen symbols]. This book also looks at the sexual metaphors.

The Book Review

THE RELIGIOUS IMAGERY OF KHAJURAHO By Devangana Desai Indian
Cultural Studies Publication IV , Mumbai ... to decode through a complex
interpretive scheme , the mystery and significance of some of the most
outstanding temple ...

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Kings Gods and People

Peter , Loewenberg , Decoding the Past : The Psychohistorical Approach , New
York , 1983 . Preston , James J . , Cult of the Goddess : Social and Religious
Change in a Hindu Temple , New Delhi 1980 . Purchas , Samuel B . D . , Hakluyt
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Kings  Gods and People

Author: M. Krishna Kumari

Publisher: Virago Press

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Page: 216

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A Significant Feature Of This Volume Is The Critical Analysis Of Archaeological And Historical Sources Relating To The Specific Issues Of Cultural History With Special Reference To Andhra Region. Besides The Historical Sources, The Oral Traditions And Folkloristic Materials Provide Substantial Materials For The Better Understanding Of The Culture Of The People On Which Certain Historical Generalisation Can Be Made. Further, It Allows For A Range Of Historical Interpretations Especially Regarding The Legitimization Of Kingship And The Relationship Between Royalty, Rituals And Religion. This Volume Deals With The Different Aspects Of The Cultural History And Some Of The Topics Included Have Long Been The Subject Of Interest, Debate And Importance. It Throws A Fresh Light On The Tantric Goddesses, The Temples Constructed On The Essentials Of Tantrism And Tantric Practices In Every Day Life. The Religious Meanings And Symbolism Of The Iconographical Forms Of Ganesa And Vishnu In The Forms Of Panchanana Ganesa And Adivaraha Are Analysed. The Book Speaks Of The Seamy Side Of The Socio-Cultural Life Of The People Of Medieval Andhra, Throwing A New Light On Robbery And Alcoholism, Which Are Studied In Detail For The First Time. Contents Section I: Folklore And Psychohistory; Chapter 1: Psychohistorical Approach To Popular Child Rearing Practices In Andhra; Chapter 2: Beliefs, Attitudes And Values In Medieval Andhra: Gleanings Through Epigraphs; Chapter 3: Riddles And Proverbs As Sources Of The Social History Of Andhradesa; Chapter 4: Psychohistorical Analysis Of Curses And Folklore Traditions Of Medieval Andhradesa; Chapter 5: Psychoanalytical And Iconographical Perceptions Of Mother And Child; Section Ii: Tantrism-Tantra In Art, Architecture And Culture; Chapter 6: Iconography Of The Tantric Goddess Chinnamasta And Human Sacrifices; Chapter 7: Tantric Temples Of Sakti Deities In Modern Times; Chapter 8: Fresh Light On Certain Obscure Tantric Practices In Daily Life; Section Iii: Art And Iconography; Chapter 9: Panchanana Ganesa From British Museum: An Iconographical Study; Chapter 10: An Image Of Adi Varaha In The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Chapter 11: Some Aspects Of Inscribed Jaina Images; Section Iv: Royalty, Women And Society; Chapter 12: Divine Kings And The Concept Of Kingship In Medieval South India; Chapter 13: Kings, Temples And Famines In Medieval Andhra; Chapter 14: Royality, Women, And Vratams In Medieval Andhra; Chapter 15: Robbery And Royalty In Medieval Andhra: Some Historical Insights; Chapter 16: Alcoholic Drinks In Medieval Andhra: Gleanings Through Literature; Chapter 17: Historical Insights Into Vegetation And Wildlife: Reconstruction Through Inscritions And Literature (17Th & 18Th Century Ad).