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SPREAD OF VAISNAVISM IN GUJARAT UP TO 1600 A.D. (eBook)

SPREAD OF VAISNAVISM IN GUJARAT UP TO 1600 A.D. (eBook)

by Haripriya Rangrajan
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This work presents a detailed study of the spread of Vaisnavism in Gujarat from the early times upto the 16th Century A.D. The study draws on the 
literary, epigraphical, architectural and iconographical evidences found in Gujarat.
 
The present work contains six chapters along with an appendix. The first two chapters of the study analyse the nature of the royal support extended to the spread of Vaisnavism in the pre-Caulukyan, Caulukyan and post-Caulukyan periods. Chapter III examines the Vaisnava temples of Gujarat in three parts. The first part deals with the temples that have been described in the Purānas under Tirthaksetras. The second part describes the Tirthamdhātmyas of the temples. The last part deals with the extant temples in Gujarat belonging to the pre-Caulukyan, Caulukyan and post- Caulukyan periods.
 
Chapters IV and V constitute the kernel of the book. They deal with tile various iconic forms of Visnu in different postures, Visnu with a single face and four arms and multiple faces with multiple  arms, incarnations, composite forms and couple images, They also include description of the Consorts of Visnu and the composite forms of Laksmī.
 
Chapter VI analyses the impact of Vaisnavism on the society in Gujarat as seen by its influence on literature, dance, drama, music and painting The Appendix provides a picture of the development of Vaisnavism after 1600 AD and upto the present. The text is enlivened with copious illustrations several among them appearing for the first time. Sanskrit ślokas from various Śilpa Śastras defining the different iconic forms of Visnu have been provided at the end of the relevant chapters.

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