MaÚnÚdalas and Yantras in the Hindu Traditions

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BRILL, 2003 - History - 303 pages
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In recent years man d alas have attracted much interest among a wider public. The main focus of such interest has been directed toward Tibetan man d alas, specimens of which have been included in numerous publications. But man d alas are found across a wide spectrum of South Asian religious traditions, including those of the Hindus and Jains. Hindu man d alas and yantras have hardly been researched. This book attempts to fill this gap by clarifying important aspects of man d alas and yantras in specific Hindu traditions through investigations by renowned specialists in the field. Its chapters explore man d alas and yantras in the Sm rta, P Ůcar tra, aiva and kta traditions. An essay on the v stupuru aman d ala and its relationship to architecture is also included. With 13 colour plates.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Some Observations
13
Mandalas and Yantras in Smarta Ritual
57
The Use of Mandalas and Yantras in the Pancaratra Tradition
119
Mandalas in Some Early Saiva Tantras
179
Mandalas in Abhinavaguptas Tantraloka
225
The Sricakra according to the First Chapter of
239
Planning in the Image of Man
251
Bibliography and Abbreviations
271
Index
291
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Gudrun BŁhnemann, Dr. phil. (1980), University of Vienna, is a Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Publications include The Iconography of Hindu Tantric Deities (2 volumes, Egbert Forsten, 2000–2001).

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