Tantric Hedonism of ...
Tantric Hedonism of Mahanadi Valley (Uddiyana Pitha)by: Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo
It is the study of the yogic developments in the Mahanadi Valley which evolved erotic mysticism and examines the evolution of Tantric Cults. With numerous illustrations, it emphasises on the art and architectural expressions of tantric belief. Furthermore the concept of sex to super-consciousness has been described in detail.
Year Of Publication: 2004
Pages : xviii, 290
Bibliographic Details : 46 B/w photographs; 18 Figures; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
This is a brilliant cultural-anthropological study exploring those hedonistic aspects of the pan-Indian heritage which, represented by centuries of the non-Vedic, Tantric tradition, affirm that the pleasurable, especially the sexually pleasurable, is natural as a means to achieve the highest mystical experience. Himself a Tantric initiate, Prem Saran offers a compelling, sympathetic analysis of Tantrism, its place in the Bengali and Assamese cultures, and its pervasiveness in pan-Indian thought and ritual generally. Prem Sarans is also a cultural critique of modern Indian values and life-ways. In addition, it is an exercise in methodology, employing certain anthropological tools and concepts like “Cultural Debate”, “Cultural Criticism”, “Hindu Renaissance” and “Pizza-effect” the last three having been developed by the late Professor Agehananda Bharati whom the author acknowledges as a “constant source of encouragement” during the last decade. Though tantra is juxtaposed to Vedic traditions as a heterodox, life-affirming tradition, which is both ancient and basic to Hindu interpretations of being, its hedonistic contents have been purposely neglected or suppressed, partly because of the continuing hold of Victorian morality (imbibed from the British missionaries and colonial rulers), and partly because the erotic route to mystical achievement has always been a secret, minority path. Tantra: Hedonism in Indian Culture will, therefore, fill an existing lacuna in the cultural-anthropology of South Asia. The book carries a Foreword by the distinguished anthropologist, Professor Mattison Mines of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
List of Plates and Figures
1. Tantric Hedonism of Mahanadi Valley
2. Yogic Development in Mahanadi Valley, Evolved Erotic Mysticism
The Early Upland Dwellers of Mahanadi River Valley
Primal Yoni or Bhairavi Pitha is located in Nuapada district
Yoni Worship Originated in Middle Right Mahanadi Valley
Yoga of Sexual Transformation
Study of Lata-mudra, Vajroli-mudra Sahajoli-mudra and Uddiyana-bandha
Study on benefits of Uddiyana-bandha and its Acquaintance with Mahanadi Valley
Uddiyana-pitha Represent Air Element
Kurmashiti is a gift of Kalahandi district
Yogini Tantra and Yoni Tantra
Study of Shyamakali and Dakshinakali
Shunya or Void in Yogic-Tantric Shaivism
Study on Traditions of Seven Tantric Maidens and Sasisena Kavya
Yoga of Sexual transformation in Jagannatha cult
3. Mahanadi Valley was not Bereaved of Lajja Gauri Cult
4. Epitomic Hatha Yogic, Tantric Sculptural Masterpiece of India
Study on Agamic Tradition
5. From Sex to Salvation
The Pancashakha of Orissa
6. Koshali Style of Temple Architecture
Yantra and Mandala
Koshali Style of Rekha Temple
7. Significance of Three Tantric Temples at Baud
8. Tantric influence on Temple Architecture of Mahanadi Valley
Appendix: Translation of Pancashayaka