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Hindu Mythology

Vedic and Puranic

Hindu mythology is a fascinating world of legends and stories centred around a sophisticated structure and hierarchy of deities and their worship. The many gods and goddesses, depicted in myriad forms in art and literature, con....read below

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Hindu mythology is a fascinating world of legends and stories centred around a sophisticated structure and hierarchy of deities and their worship. The many gods and goddesses, depicted in myriad forms in art and literature, constitute a sacred and complex subject of interesting study. The book, Hindu Mythology attempts to offer a systematic and complete account of the names and character of the deities of Hinduism and their relationship with one another.

The book, typed afresh, studies the main attributes of the deities and recounts myths associated with their origin, nature, function and worship. For the purpose, the deities are classified into the major deities of the Vedic Age and those of the Puranic Age, and the inferior deities which include demigods, sacred plants, animals and birds, supernatural beings and minor deities like Sitala and Manasa. Based on authoritative sources, the reliable accounts are supported by well-drawn illustrations of the deities that add to the appeal of the work. The work involves clear explanation of terms and concepts in a fluent language.

The volume will prove to be an interesting reference work for scholars and students of Hindu mythology and will attract general readers keen to acquire information on the subject.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602348
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602344
  • Edition : 3rd Impression
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : xxii, 498p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Several line-drawings; Index
  • Size : 18 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 550 gm

Note from the Publishers
Preface to Second Edition  
Preface to the First Edition 
List of Illustrations 
Key to Transliteration

Part I
The Vedic Deities

I. The Vedas 
II. The Vedic Gods Generally 
III. Dyaus and Prthivi 
IV. Aditi and the Adityas 
V. Agni 
VI. Sun or Light Deities

Surya 
Pusan 
Mitra and Varuna 
The Asvins 
Usas 

VII. The Storm Deities

Indra 
Indrani 
Parjanya 
Vayu 
The Maruts 

VIII. Soma 
IX. Tvastr or Visvakarma 
X. Yama 

Part II
The Puranic Deities

I. The Puranas 
II. Brahma 
III. Brahma and Sarasvati

Brahma
Sarasvati

IV. Visnu and Laksmi

Visnu
Laksmi 

V. The Incarnations or Avataras of Visnu

The Matsya or Fish Avatara 
The Kurma or Tortoise Avatara 
The Varaha or Boar Avatara 
The Nrsimha or Man-Lion Avatara 
The Vamana or Dwarf Avatara 
The Parasurama Avatara 
The Ramacandra Avatara 
The Krsna Avatara 
The Balarama Avatara 
The Buddha Avatara  
The Kalki Avatara 
Jagannatha  
Caitanya 
Kamadeva

VI. Siva 

Pancanana

VII. Uma 

Parvati 
Durga 
The Chief Forms of Durga ?
Durga 
Dasabhuja 
Simhavahini 
Mahisamardini 
Jagaddhatri 
Kali 
Muktakesi 
Tara 
Chinnamastaka 
Jagadgauri 
Pratyangira 
Annapurna 
Ganesajanani 
Krsnakrora 
The Saktis 

VIII. Sons of Siva and Parvati

Ganesa  
Karttikeya 

IX. The Puranic Account of the Creation 
X. The Puranic Divisions of Time 

Part III
The Inferior Deities

I. The Divine Rsis

Bhrgu 
Pulastya 
Pulaha 
Kratu 
Angiras 
Marici
Atri 
Daksa 
Vasistha 
Narada

II. Kubera 
III. The Demi-gods of the Ramayana ?

Sugriva 
Hanuman 
Nala 
Nila 
Susena 

IV. The Demi-gods of the Mahabharata 
V. The Planets 

Ravi, or Surya 
Candra or Soma 
Mangala 
Budha 
Brhaspati 
Sukra 
Sani 
Rahu and Ketu 

VI. The Asuras 

Jalandhara 

VII. Sacred Animals and Birds

Garuda 
Jatayus and Sampati 

VIII. Ganga 
IX. Sacred Trees 
X. Miscellaneous Minor Deities ?

Sitala 
Manasa 
Sasthi 
The Salagrama 
The Dhenki 
Ka? Who? 

XI. Superhuman, Though not Divine Beings ?

Apsaras and Gandharvas 
Raksasas 
Jain Deities 

Index

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