Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns Of Worldview Of Srisailam In South India by Prabhavati C. ReddyHindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns Of Worldview Of Srisailam In South India by Prabhavati C. Reddy

Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns Of Worldview Of Srisailam In South India

byPrabhavati C. ReddyEditorPrabhavati C. Reddy

Hardcover | March 27, 2014

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In recent years, changes in religious studies in general and the study of Hinduism in particular have drawn more scholarly attention to other forms of the Hindu faith that are concretely embodied in temples, icons, artworks, rituals, and pilgrimage practices. This book analyses the phenomenon of pilgrimage as a religious practice and experience and examines Shr'hailam, a renowned south Indian pilgrimage site of Shiva and Goddess Durga. In doing so, it investigates two dimensions: the worldview of a place that is of utmost sanctity for Hindu pilgrims and its historical evolution from medieval to modern times.

Reddy blends religion, anthropology, art history and politics into one interdisciplinary exploration of how Shr'hailam became the epicentre for Shaivism. Through this approach, the book examines Shr'hailam's influence on pan-Indian religious practices; the amalgamation of Brahmanical and regional traditions; and the intersection of the ideological and the civic worlds with respect to the management of pilgrimage centre in modern times.

This book is the first thorough study of Shr'hailam and brings together phenomenological and historical study to provide a comprehensive understanding of both the religious dimension and the historical development of the social organization of the pilgrimage place. As such, it will be of interest to students of Hinduism, Pilgrimage and South Asian Studies.

Prabhavati C. Reddy is an Adjunct Professor of Religion at George Washington University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with a Ph.D in South Asian Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in Asian Art History from the University of Texas-Austin, and an M.A & M.Phil in History and Archaeology from Osmania University.
Title:Hindu Pilgrimage: Shifting Patterns Of Worldview Of Srisailam In South IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415659973

ISBN - 13:9780415659970


Table of Contents

Part I: ExploringShr'hailam: Why another book on a Hindu Pilgrimage Site?1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Approaches and Methods 3.Book ChaptersPart II: The Sacred Mountain of Shiva: The Place: Idealization, Materialization, and Sanctification4.The Place in the Process of Idealization 5. The Place in the Process of Materialization 6.The Place in the Process of SanctificationPart III: Religious Communities Making the History of Shr'hailam7.Early History of Shr'hailam 8.The Emergence of the Shaiva T'ha-Kshetra, 9. The Crystalization of the Greater Shr'haila Kshetra10. The V' Shaivas and the 'adhya ShaivasPart IV: The History and Development of the Pilgrimage Center in Modern Period11. The Pilgrimage Center in the 18thand 19thCenturies 12. The Endowments DepartmentofAndhra Pradesh as the Custodian of Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments 13. The Endowments Department of Andhra Pradesh and the Management of the Pilgrimage Center 14.Conclusion