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Hindu Mythology

Vedic and Puranic by: W.J. Wilkins

The book offers a systematic and complete account of the names and character of Hindu deities and their relationship with one another. Based on authoritative sources, it classifies the deities and explains their origin, function and worship supported by well-drawn illustrations.

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ISBN: 9788124602348
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 4th
Pages : xxii, 498
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 18 cm.
Weight: 550

Overview

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.

Contents

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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