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Radha  - Folk Heroine Or Divine Playmate
Radha - Folk Heroine Or Divine Playmate

Radha - Folk Heroine Or Divine Playmate

by Sanujit Ghose

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Language

English

Publisher

Asian Publication Services

ISBN

8190316605 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 308

Binding

Hardcover

Sanujit Ghose

Author: Sanujit Ghose
Publisher: Asian Publication Services
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 308
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8190316605

Description

This book for the first time draws upon a wide sweep of more than two thousand years of Radha in a varied role in art and literature. She is found in the humble religious life, in Prakrit poetry and folklore. Leading poets from the late seventh or early eighth century AD onwards, rave about Radh as a follow-up to Hala’s Gatha Saptasati. There is no cloak of devotion or adulation to the Supreme Being.

Since 450 AD the Tamil epic Cilappatikaram, the southern Harivamsa and the Bhyagavata Purana hint at Pinnai, the earliest consort of Krishna as the lineage of Radha in Sanskrit Literature. The classic erotic treatise, Kamasutra of Vatsayana comes in view at this time. Rising trade between India, Iran and Rome on one side and China on the other through the Silk Route lobbed the rich to fleeting pleasures.

In the next phase, Radha is the epitome of angelic beauty and supreme devotion among the Hindus facing the marauding Muslims. The Vaisnava savants especially in Bengal made Radha a divine being in the sixteenth century.

With the rising nationalist sentiments during the nineteenth century, Radha became the mirror image of humdrum love to the utter relish of the royalty and noblemen of the day

Contents


Preface


CHAPTER 1
Life and Times of Krishna

CHAPTER 2
Renaissance in Religion, Art and Culture

CHAPTER 3
Appearance of Radha

CHAPTER 4
Radha in full Bloom

CHAPTER 5
Mature Portrait of Radha

CHAPTER 6
Cult of the Goddess

CHAPTER 7
The Enchanting Heroine


Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Bibliography

Index

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