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Vaidik Devata

Udbhav evam Vikas by: Gyacharan Tripathi

Present book presents interesting and authentic details of almost all promient Vedic gods, about their conceptions, their most ancient forms, their orderly evolution, and about their evolved personalities.

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ISBN: 9788124605912
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxviii, 670 p
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Bibliography; Indices
Language : Hindi
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 1400

Overview

There have been quite a few attempts to delineate the nature and character of Vedic Deities on the basis of Vedic Samhitas by European scholars like Macdonell, Hillebrandt, Oldenberg, Luders and, of late, by Oberlies, etc. However, none of these scholars has made attempt to trace the subsequent development of their character and personalities through the later Vedic texts, epics and the Puranas, etc., whereas it goes without saying that the concept of Hindu gods today in the minds of the people is exactly the one which we encounter in the Puranas and in the folk literature.
This obviously means that the personalities of the Vedic Deities did not freeze with the end of Vedic literature but continued to develop in later period as well through the subsequent literarary activities. Taking rather vague clues from the Vedic texts, the authors or narrators of the Puràõas, augmented and supported by folk beliefs, further expanded, modified and developed the personalities of these gods so that, for the most part, the intangible character of these gods acquired a concrete shape and form, a body of flesh and blood, so to say.
The book tries to trace the historical development of the personalities of Vedic Deities through the subsequent Vedic literature, as well as the epics and the Puranas till they acquire the shape and form in which they are conceived and venerated today.

Meet the Author
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Dr. Gaya Charan Tripathi (Agra, 1939-), honoured with ‘President’s Certificate of Merit’ is a renowned Indologist and Sanskrit scholar. Did his Master’s in Sanskrit from the University of Agra (1959) with Gold Medal standing 1st class 1st in the university. Ph.D. on Vedic Deities from the same university (1962). Advanced study in Germany on DAAD’s scholarship of Latin, Comparative Philology, History of Religions and Indology at the University of Freiburg, obtained D.Phil. therefrom in 1966 for his thesis on the Vamana-legend of Visnu. D.Litt. from the University of Allahabad on his work pertaining to the Ritual of the Jagannatha Temple of Puri (1986). Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Universities of Aligarh, Udaipur and Freiburg (twice). Principal, Ganganath Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapitha, Allahabad from 1977 to 2001, thereafter Professor/Head of the Kalakosh Division of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi from 2002 to 2009. In between Visiting or Full Professor at the Universities of Tbingen (twice), Heidelberg, Berlin, Leipzig and Marburg of Germany and Visiting Noted Scholar/Professor (twice) to the University of British Columbia (Canada). Writes in English, Hindi, German and Sanskrit. Edited more than 20 Sanskrit texts, 7 original books and aroung 110 Papers. Subjects of interest: Vedic and Puranic studies, Agamas and Tantras, Sahitya, Epigraphy and Codicology. At present National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, working on the Monastic Traditions in Buddhism and Christianity.
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