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Yantras of Deities and their Numerological Foundations

An Iconographic Consideration by: Fredrick W. Bunce

The book, highlights the essential import of the innocuous-looking, yet enigmatic, diagrams called Yantras surfacing from the occult practices of the tantrics. It examines a range of tantric yantras, with their varieties, applications, modes of construction and above all their iconographic features.

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ISBN: 9788124601747
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 4th
Pages : xvi, 293
Bibliographic Details : 106 Yantra Diagrams; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1300

Overview

Hinduism is known for the bewildering profusion of its deities, who are represented not only in two or three dimensional anthropomorphic images, but also in abstract configurations, known as yantras. In yantras is, thus, seen almost a parallel with the surfeit of deities in Hindu tradition. Literally meaning an ‘instrument’, ‘apparatus’ or a ‘talisman’, yantra is a kind of mystical diagram used, in tantra, for both meditation and invoking a divinity, and is believed to possess/arouse occult powers. Drawn only by the adept: the ones schooled in this arcane, highly intricate process, and energized by siddh mantras, these seemingly innocuous geometrical figures are employed for any number of reasons or desires: whether to attain wealth, ward off disease, beget a son, vanquish enemies, or even to cause somebody’s death. This book, the latest from Professor Bunce, highlights the essential import of these innocuous-looking, yet enigmatic, diagrams surfacing from the occult Practices of the tantrics. The author, an internationally known scholar of Oriental Art, examines a range of tantric yantras, with their varieties, applications, modes of construction and, above all, their iconographic features. Also inter- woven in his text are lucid descriptions of all else associated with a yantra, notably, its deity, its specific purpose, its predominant and secondary numbers and its mantra. Carrying beautiful visual representations of over a hundred yantras, Professor Bunce’s study holds out enduring appeal to the readers concerned not only with the iconography of tantric yantras, but their mystifying under-pinnings as well.

Contents

List of Plates
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Numbers as Symbols
Yantra Construction, Variations and Application
Constructing the Sacred Enclosure (Bhupura)
Variations on the Bhupura Shape
Construction of the Petal Shape
Basic Yantra Iconography
Color as Iconography
Applications of the Yantra Form
Temple Plan Based on a Mandala (Yantra)
Astronomical Chart Based on a Sarvatabhadra Yantra
Janan Yantra
Linga Mandala as Yantra
Rajasthani Yantra (c. 17th C.)
Thangka with Nine Mandala-Yantras
Shri Chakra Yantra
Deity Yantras
Amba Matta Yantra
Annapurna Yantra
Bagla Yantra (I)
Bagla Mukhi Yantra (II)
Bagla Mukhi Yantra (III)
Bagla Mukhi Yantra (IV)
Bagla Mukhi Yantra (V)
Balarama (Avatara) Yantra
Bala (Shakti) Yantra (I)
Bala (Shakti) Yantra (II)
Bala-Tripura Yantra
Bhairon Yantra (I)
Bhairon Yantra (II)
Bhuvaneshvari Yantra (I)
Bhuvaneshvari Yantra (II)
Bhuvaneshvari Yantra (III)
Chinnamasta Yantra (I)
Chinnamasta Yantra (II)
Chinnamasta Yantra (III)
Devi Yantra
Dhanda Yantra
Dhumavati Yantra (I)
Dhumavati Yantra (II)
Durga Yantra (I)
Durga Yantra (II)
Durga Yantra (III)
Durga Yantra (IV)
Ganesha Yantra (I)
Ganesha Yantra (II)
Ganesha Yantra (III)
Gayatri Yantra
Hanumat (Hanuman Yantra) (I)
Hanumat (Hanuman Yantra) (II)
Hayagriva Yantra
Kali Yantra (I)
Kali Yantra (II)
Kali Yantra (III)
Kali Yantra (IV)
Kalki Yantra
Kamala Yantra (I)
Kamala Yantra (II)
Krishna (Avatara) Yantra (I)
Krishna (Gopala) Yantra (II)
Kurma (Avatara) Yantra
Maha-Ganapati Yantra (I)
Maha-Ganapati Yantra (II)
Maha-Ganapati Yantra (III)
Maha-Lakshmi Yantra (I)
Maha-Lakshmi Yantra (II)
Maha-Lakshmi Yantra (III)
Maha-Lakshmi Yantra (IV)
Maha-Lakshmi Yantra (V)
Maha-Mritanje (Shiva) Yantra
Mangala (Hanuman) Yantra
Matangi Yantra (I)
Matangi Yantra (II)
Matangi Yantra (III)
Matsya (Avatara) Yantra
Mrit-Sanjivani Yantra
Narasimha (Avatara) Yantra
Navagraha Yantra (Magic Squares)
Navagraha Yantra (Combined)
Parashurama (Avatara) Yantra
Rama (Avatara) Yantra (I)
Rama (Avatara) Yantra (II)
Sarasvati Yantra
Sharabha Yantra
Shitala Yantra
Shiva Yantra (I)
Shiva Yantra (II)
Shodashi (Tripura-Sundari) Yantra (I)
Shodashi (Tripura-Sundari) Yantra (II)
Shodashi (Tripura-Sundari) Yantra (III)
Shri-Chakram Yantra
Shyama (Kali) Yantra
Surya Yantra (I)
Surya Yantra (II)
Tara Yantra (I)
Tara Yantra (II)
Tara Yantra (III)
Tripura(ntaka)-Bhairavi Yantra (I)
Tripura(ntaka)-Bhairavi Yantra (II)
Tripura(ntaka)-Bhairavi Yantra (III)
Tripura(ntaka)-Bhairavi Yantra (IV)
Vamana (Avatara) Yantra
Varaha (Avatara) Yantra
Vartali Yantra
Vighnaraja Yantra
Vishnu Yantra (I)
Vishnu Yantra (II)
Vishnu Yantra (III)
Vishnu Yantra (IV)
Postscriptum
Notes
Bibliography
Iconic Distribution
Index
Acknowledgements

Meet the Author
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1935
Fredrick W. Bunce, a PhD and a cultural historian of international eminence, is an authority on ancient iconography and Buddhist arts. He has been honoured with prestigious awards/commendations and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and the International Biographical Dictionary, 1980. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. He has authored the following books all published by D.K. Printworld: Buddhist Textile of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan - The Iconography of Design Elements. A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography. An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons (2 vols.). An Encyclopaedia of Hindu Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Demons and Heroes (3 vols.). The Iconography of Architectural Plans - A Study of the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Plans of South and South-east Asia. Islamic Tombs in India - The Iconographical and Genesis of their Design. Monuments of India and the Indianized States. The Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent - Their Development and Iconography. Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices - An Iconographic Consideration. Numbers - Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist and Hindu Practices. Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India - An Iconographic Consideration. The Sacred Dichotomy: Thoughts and Comments on The Duality of Female and Male Iconography in South Asia and the Mediterranean. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities - A Unique Pantheon. The Yantra of Deities and their Numerological Foundations - An Iconographic Consideration.
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