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VARAHA IMAGES IN MADHYA PRADESH : AN ICONOGRAPHIC STUDY

VARAHA IMAGES IN MADHYA PRADESH : AN ICONOGRAPHIC STUDY

by Haripriya Rangrajan
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ISBN:8170392144
PUBLISHER:Somaiya Publications
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The salient feature of the book is the description of the minute iconographic details of the images of VARAHA found in Madhya Pradesh. The author has critically examined the zoomorphic and zooanthropomorphic forms of Varaha in terms of cosmology and ‘Uplift of Goddess Earth’ from the Nether region. While explaining the cosmological aspect of Varaha in zoomorphic form, the author has interpreted, for the first time, the symbolic significance of the following representations which are mainly depicted on the vertebral column of Varaha. They are :

1.    figures of Trayi Vidya (Surya) and
2.    figures of Trinity of Gods of the Puranas and their synchronization with the Vyuha theory of Pancaratra.
3.    figures of pure creation
4.    Depiction of four lokas such as Bhuh, Bhuvah, Svah and Patala.
5.    figure of Matsya.
Similarly the author has identified, for the first time, the personifications of different components of Yajna shown on the limbs of Varaha. While explaining the zooanthropomorphic form of Varaha, she has emphasized the fertility aspect of Varaha in addition to the concept of uplifting of Earth.

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