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Ardhanarisvara in Art and Literature

The scholarly work throws light on the artistic, aesthetic, literary and philosophical aspects of the Ardhanarishvara form of Shiva -- the form which is a divine expression of the amalgamation of the male and the female and is said to contain the whole world in it. Providing a conceptual and historical back-ground of the doctrines relating to Shiva and Shakti worship -- it involves an iconographical study of the Ardhanarishvara image, with the focus on its dress, ornaments, coiffure, posture and other features. With many visuals of the Ardhanarishvara images -- even the unpublished ones, it describes the images found in different parts of india and discusses the emergence of the deity relying on literary sources and theories.

Explaining how the idea and actual representation of the unity of Shiva and Shakti came to acquire supreme importance with the growth of sects -- each worshipping the deity in its own form, Dr. Yadav points out that the Ardhanarishvara aspect is basically the output of the Tantra philosophy. Providing maps and line-drawings and a list of the places that have yielded Ardhanarishvara images, she makes an interesting and indepth analysis, based on extensive field-work, to come up with some brilliant and new explanations of the meaning and implications of the Ardhanarishvara.

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About This Book
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601693
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601690
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2001
  • Pages : xxiii, 255 p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 900
  • Bibliographic Details : 18 Col. photos; 70 B/w Photos; 9 Maps; 20 Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Foreword
        Preface
        Abbreviations
        List of Visuals
        Transliteration Chart

        Introduction
1.    Historical and Conceptual Background

2.    Iconography of Ardhanarishvara
    Male Half
    Female Half
    Various Mudras of Ardhanarishvara Images
    Some Other Attributes of Lord Shiva
    Abhushana -- Drapery and Decoration
    Ornaments
    Headgear, i.e., Mauli
    3.    Ardhanarishvara in Art
    North Indian Images
    Central Indian Images
    Eastern Images
    Western Images
    Northern Images
    Southern Images
    4.    Ardhanarishvara in Literature
    5.    An Aesthetic Approach
    6.    Socio-Religious Background
    7.     Tantricism
    8.    Conclusion
        Find Spots of Ardhanarishvara in India
        Appendix
        Maps
        Figures
        Glossary
        Bibliography  
        Index

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