Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and their Symbolism in Indian Temples by Heinrich von Stietencron

Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and their Symbolism in Indian Temples

byHeinrich von Stietencron

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There are many books on the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, pictorial and celebratory. The present one is of a different kind. Professor von Stietencron investigates the temple sculptures of Ganga and Yamuna in order to unveil a whole cosmos of Hindu ritual and conceptual tradition. He shows how an entire worldview informs the planning and sculptural embellishment of such a temple—conceived of as the body of the deity enshrined in it. Consequently this book is a historical study of the sculptures of the goddesses Ganga and Yamuna adorning the doorways of Indian temples, most recognizable from the Gupta period onwards. It examines how these gracious and purifying riverine deities have been conceived in human form. It discusses in detail the rich store of puranic myths and legends woven around these deities, tracing their Vedic roots and showing their evolution since then. Translated from the German, this is a significant work of classical Indological scholarship. Drawing upon Sanskrit and various other sources, it provides major insights into the complex cultural history of Hindu religious traditions.
Title:Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and their Symbolism in Indian TemplesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 5, 2016Publisher:Permanent BlackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:8178245043

ISBN - 13:9788178245041

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