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Tantric Forms of Ganesa

According to the Vidyarnavatantra by: Gudrun Buhnemann

There may be many publications dealing with Ganesa, but only a few take original Sanskrit texts into consideration. Since the Tantric aspects of the deity have been studied too little, this book details fourteen forms of Ganesa as described in the Vidyarnavatantra.

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ISBN: 9788124604533
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 144
Bibliographic Details : 11 Plates; Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm
Weight: 500

Overview

Although the number of publications dealing with Ganesha is not insignificant, few take original Sanskrit texts into consideration. The Tantric aspects of the deity have certainly been studied too little. This book contributes to our knowledge of this less familiar side of Ganesha. It describes his forms according to the Vidyarnavatantra, a large compilation on mantrashastra attributed to Vidyaranya Yati and compiled around the seventeenth century. This text gives the iconographic peculiarities, mantras, and yantras of fourteen forms of Ganesha as well as instructions for the ritual application of the mantras.

Contents

Preface
Foreword to the Reissue of this Book
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Ekakshara-Ganapati
2. Viri-Ganapati
3. Lakshmi-Ganapati
4. Shakti-Ganapati I
5. Ksipraprasadana-Ganapati
6. Heramba
7. Subrahmanya-Ganapati
8. Maha-Ganapati
9. Trailokyamohana-Ganapati
10. Shakti-Ganapati II
11. Bhogalola-Ganapati
12. Haridra-Ganapati
13. Vakratunda-Ganapati
14. Ucchishta-Ganapati
List of Illustrations
Plates
Bibliography
A. Texts and Translations
B. Secondary Literature
Indices
A. Names of Deities and Seers
B. Sanskrit Terms and bijas
C. Attributes and Colours
D. Materials, Rites, and Results
E. General Index

Meet the Author
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Gudrun Buhnemann is a Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Religions in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her recent publications include The Iconography of Hindu Tantric Deities (2 volumes, E. Forsten, 2000-2001) and Mandalas and Yantras in the Hindu Traditions (E.J. Brill, 2003; revised edition by D.K. Printworld, 2007).
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