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Shiva - An Introduction
Shiva - An Introduction

Shiva - An Introduction

by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Language

English

Publisher

Vakils, Freffer & Simons

ISBN

8187111011 - Year: 1997/2003 - Pages: 126

Binding

Paperback

Devdutt Pattanaik

Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Vakils, Freffer & Simons
Year: 1997/2003
Language: English
Pages: 126
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187111011

Description

This work is an attempt to understand the meaning of Shiva worship in our time exploring various pictorial images of Shiva iconography, taking us through Shaivite philosophy, beliefs, history, folklore and myth.

It is the first step in an infinite voyage to unveil the whole picture by giving the general reader a clear and substantial account of Shiva and Shaivism.

The mythology of Shiva expresses divine predicament in human terms: the gods play and act in the language of man, for man. Myths are not common tales, they are not parables or legends. They are conceived in dreams and expressed through symbols as a reaction to man's inexplicable yet desperate need to validate his presence in the cosmos. They do not teach. They generate experience.

Highlights include lucid explanations and a pictorial key to numerous symbols associated with Shaivite ritual and festival practices, a map of India showing important Shiva temples including the twelve Jyotir-lingas, a list of 108 sacred names of Shiva with their meanings, a bibliography for those interested in learning more, and over 150 illustrations of which many are in color.

Contents

Acknowledgements

On Writing this Book

CHAPTER I
Approach of Shiva

CHAPTER II
Marriage of Shiva

CHAPTER III
Embrace of Shiva

CHAPTER IV
Sons of Shiva

CHAPTER V
Exploits of Shiva

CHAPTER VI
Manifestations of Shiva

CHAPTER VII
Warriors of Shiva

CHAPTER VIII
Companions of Shiva

CHAPTER IX
Devotees of Shiva

CHAPTER X
Symbol of Shiva

CHAPTER XI
Attributes of Shiva

CHAPTER XII
Worship of Shiva

CHAPTER XIII
Festivals of Shiva

CHAPTER XIV
Temples of Shiva

CHAPTER XV
History of Shiva

CHAPTER XVI
Essence of Shiva

108 Names of Shiva

Glossary
Select Bibliography

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