The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning
Hinduism is more than a religion; it is a way of life. Its rich and multicoloured history has made the structure of its mythical and philosophical principles into a highly differentiated maze, of which total knowledge is a practical impossibility. This volume cannot offer a complete survey of the meaning of Hinduism. It is an extensive compilation of important deities and their divine manifestations, so that modern students can understand the significance of the Hindu pantheon.
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The Images Speak 13 Positions 14 Surrounding
Animal Gods and Divine Animals
Asceticism and Devotion 73 The Bhagavad Gita 76
Regrouping and Integration 83 Brahma 87
Ganesha 123 Mahadevi
Holy places 139 Signs of Sects 141 Index 142
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Agni animals antelope appeared Arjuna ascetic aspect attributes battle Bhagavad Gita Bhairava bowl Brahma Buddha cobra conch shell cosmic creation creatures crown Daksha dancing demons Didgeridoo divine principle drum Durga ears earth Epic eternal Eva Rudy female gods fertility four arms four hands Ganesha Ganga garments gesture hair hairstyle Hanuman head Hindu Hinduism holy human form identified illustrations images important incarnation of Vishnu Indra Indus Kailash Kali king known Krishna Kubera Lakshmi later lingam lotus flower Mahabharata manifestation meditation Mother Goddess mountain natural ocean of milk ornaments Pandavas Parashurama particular Parvati pedestal position prayer beads Puranas Rama Ramayana religion religious represents rides rishis ritual sacrificial cord Sarasvati shakti Shesha Shiva Sita Skanda skull snake Soma sometimes Southern India spear stories Surya symbol temple terrifying tion trident Trimurti usually depicted Varuna Vedas Vedic Vishnu water jug weapon wear worn worshipped Yama yantra yogi yoni