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India - A Divine Destination

by Aruna Deshpande

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English

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9788124205563 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 704

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Aruna Deshpande
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Author: Aruna Deshpande
Publisher: CrestPublishing House
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 704
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788124205563

Description

This book discovers the riches we inherit by being born as Indian irrespective of religion, caste and creed. There is no future if we forget the past/history. This book provides information on myriad facets of India's remarkable achievements and attainment of our forefathers on various ?elds. They teach us lot and give insight into many things. This book will kindle our interest ignite our imagination and inspire one to learn more and more about this DIVINE country of ours.

This formidable book is a powerhouse of information that challenges, prods and whets one’s appetite for more. Topics of interest on myriad facets of India are explored in depth and relentlessly recounted in page after page. Each and every page speaks of the remarkable achievements and attainments of our forefathers in various fields that evoke our wonder and amazement. They teach us a lot and give insights into many things. They kindle our interest, ignite our imagination and inspire us to learn more about our own motherland. We discover the riches we inherit by being born an Indian.

When we read this book we could envision places and events that fill tourists with delight, pilgrimages to holiest place in India, thousands of ardent devotees thronging religious centers, spectacular processions, celebrations and festivities held on a grand scale in temples, rhythmic and colorful folk dances in which all kinds of peoples participate and the like. The reader is filled with a feeling that in this sub-continent almost every day is an auspicious day, almost everything is made an object of worship, almost every place is a pilgrimage center and almost every act is a communion with nature and dedication and surrender at the feet of Ultimate and the Unknown. This is the great and lingering flavor of experience that the reader can expect to derive from this excellent book.




By The Aouthor:

This book is the expression of my love for this country. Having worked with tourism industry for a long time, I was given opportunities travel to many tourist places - many holy shrines, historical moments of eminence, places of exquisite natural beauty as well as epicenters of art and culture. Believe me; my experiences have been most enriching and truly divine. Few of these, I visited repeatedly with people of diverse backgrounds, varied cultures and nationalities. Travelling grew as my passion since an early age. Various excursions with parents; school and college trips and thereafter the familiarization tours of the tourist industry, corporate tours, travelling with relatives - each and every tour has a different meaning for me. I have enlived di?erent stories, myths and fairy tales during these excursions. Curious questions asked by foreign tourists required me to read more and more and dig out answers from deeper labyrinths of knowledge.

The process served to awaken my conscious level and this book is the outcome of my 25 years of experience in the tourism industry. India can boast of a prolific array of wondrous and spectacular tourist-worthy places that to cater to this industry. Natural wonders like mountains, lakes, rivers, and valleys and various man-made wonders like Taj Mahal, the tallest monolithic statue of Gomateshwara at Sravanabelgola, Ajanta 86 Ellora caves, the Mahabalipuram temples…..,forts and palaces, caves and stupas, temples numerous having serene and pious surroundings, making its atmosphere holy and leading one towards salvation and Divinity.

India is the land of exquisite customs and age-old traditions that trace their origins to ancient times, in likelihood, to the era that leads to the point of genesis of the universe. There exist places of pilgrimage where one can witness mythology corresponding with present geography.

Our country does not align with any particular or single religious influence. Rather its basic fabric incorporates numerous religious in?uences, streams and sects. Religion of India means a spiritual path wedded to the whole life and to the nature. It is the birthplace of religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. People live in different regions, follow different religions, speak different languages and yet through festivals, rites and rituals celebrated together, maintain their unity in diversity. This book for me, is like experiencing history, geography and culture of various regions and religions that have not only survived millenniums but have still retained their basic essence, relevance and importance in the present society maintaining their original identity. Their relevance in India, as well as universally, for a good healthy life cannot be ignored now, and is being accepted the world over.

Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword

INDIA-ITS LAND AND THE PEOPLE
Dimensions of the country
Geographical regions
Climate
Flora
Fauna
The people
Languages
The polity
National flag
National anthem
National song
National bird
National animal
National flower
National calendar

INDIA THROUGH THE AGES
Pre-History, primitive man in India
Ancient India: Indus valley civilization
Medieval India
Modern India
Indian freedom struggle


HINDUISM-SANATANA DHARMA
The four yugas or cycles of time
The four purusharthas or goals of life
The four varnas or caste system
The caste system
The four ashramas or stages of life
The four paths of yoga
The epilogue

HINDU SCRIPTURES
Vedic literature
Vedas
Nine brahmana granths
Upanishads or aranyakas
Six vedangas
Four upa-vedas
Shad darshans-six darshans or systems of philosophy
Dharma shastras
Puranas
The tantras
Other smriti scriptures
Panchatantra

INDIA’S CONTRUCUTION TO WORLD HERITAGE, CULTURE AND SCIENCE
Astrology and astronomy
Architecture and town planning
Botany
Economics
Education system
The Hindu judicial system
Mathematics
Physics and chemistry
Physiology, medicine and surgery
Politics
Zoology and veterinary sciences

INDIAN ARTS
Drawings and paintings
Sculptures
The performing art-music; dance and drama
Carnatic music
Hindustani music
Types of instruments
Dance
Folk dance of India

GODS AND GODDESSES
Vedic gods
Sun or light deities
The storm deities
The supreme triad
Shakti or the divine power as the goddess
Miscellaneous minor deities

SYMBOLISM

DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORSHIP IN INDIA
Worship of animal and birds
Worship of sacred trees
The worship of the nine planets or navagrahas
Worship of asta-dikpalas or lokpalas
Worship of the divine rishis
Superhuman (not divine beings): apsaras and gandharvas

FESTIVALS
Major festivals

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY OF INDIA
Geographical influence on cultural development

Seven holy mountains (Himalaya, Arwali, Vindhyachal,Mahendra, Malaya, Sahyadri & Raivatak)
Five sacred lakes (Vindhu, Narayana, Pampa, Pushkar, Manas Sarovar)
Seven sacred rivers (Ganga, Yamuna, Sindhu, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Kaveri)

FOUR DHAMS (FOUR ABODES OF GOD)
Jagannathpuri
Dwarka
Rameshwaram
Badrinath

SEVEN MOKSHAPURIS CONFERRING MOKSHA
Ayodhya
Mathura
Haridwar
Kasha/Varanasi
Kanchipuram
Ujjayini/Ujjain
Dwarka (refer in four dhams)

Four places of kumbha mela (Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik)
Four amnaya maths: shri jagadguru Shankaracharya maths

TWELVE JYOTIRLINGAS
Somnath
Mallikarjuna
Mahakaleshwar (Refer in Mokshapur)
Omkareshwar
Kedarnath
Kashi Vishwanth (Refer in Mokshapur)
Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshwar
Vaidyanat
Nageshwar
Rameshwar (Refer in Four Dhams)
Ghushmeshwara

OTHER IMPORTANT CITIES
Amarnath
Chidambaram
Gaya
Kamakhya of Guwahati
Kanniyakumari
Kurukshetra
Kolhapur
Madurai
Pandharpur
Prayag-Prayagraja
Sabarimala
Sringeri
Srirangam
Suchidram
Tanjore
Tripati

JAINISM
History of the religion
Vardhamana Mahavira
Scriptures
About the religion
Jain art and architecture
Jain theory of divinity
Celestial one called devas
The present day community of the jains
Customs and traditions
Fairs and festivals
Places of pilgrimages

BUDDHISM
History of the religion
Spread of Buddhism
Gautam Buddha
Scriptures
About the religion
The doctrines
Theravada, Hinayana and Mahayana
Symbolism
Fairs and festivals
Places of pilgrimages

ZOROASTRIANISM – THE RELIGION OF PARSIS OF INDIA
History of the religion
Zoroastrian scriptures
The Zoroastrian pantheon of divinities
About the customs
Symbolism
Prayers, rituals and ceremonies
Festivals
Fire temples of the parsis
Conclusion
Status of atash in Zoroastrianism
Important atash behrams

CHRISTIANITY
Jesus Christ
History of the religion
Christianity in India
Scriptures
About the religion
The church as a centre of religious and social life
The conception of god in Christianity
Symbolism
Customs and traditions
Fairs and festivals
Churches in India

SIKHISM
History of the religion
After Guru Gobind Singh
Scriptures
About the religion
Symbolism
Customs and traditions
Fairs and festivals
Places of Pilgrimage
Important Gurudwaras

ISLAM
History of the religion
Muhammad Bin Abdallah
Islam in India
Sects in Islam
Scriptures
About the religion
Symbolism
Customs and traditions
Fairs and festivals
Masjid in India

GLOSSARY
REFERENCES
INDEX

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