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Millions of foreign and Indian tourists and Pilgrims visit the thousands of Shrines that testify to India`s great Cultural and Religious heritage. For many of them the local priest or their own Childhood reading of the Indrajal comics are the only Aids to understand and interiorize the message of the `stones`. For them and for others this book has been written as an introduction to the Mythological and religious background of the Gods worshipped in Temples and carved in beautiful statues. It also gives a detailed description of the numerous episodes depicted on the Walls and inside the shrines. A journey through South India is definitely an Aesthetic experience. It becomes a religious experience if the visitor can enter into the mind of the sculptors and devotees who gave the best of their Lives to construct and decorate the temples. Their efforts were inspired mainly by devotion, even if some of them belonged to travelling guilds who were responsible for the great similarity in the immense variety of sculptures. With this in mind, the visitor knows he walks on Sacred ground, centuries old, when he enters a Temple or climbs the Shravana Belgola hill to have darshan of Shree Gomateshvara. At the same time she or he may like to know why Ganeshji has the head of an elephant, or why Snake-gods are so abundantly present on the walls of temples, along with Erotic scenes and Images of Shiva in so many different forms. And what stories of the mythological past are told to explain why Shiva is also worshipped in the form of a Lingam? Finally, God in Ancient India was not only worshipped as a man, but also as a woman. All that `appears` if one looks attentively at the living stones. A fascinating reading for all those interested in the History of and cultural Tourism in India. Printed Pages: 244. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 46880
Inhaltsangabe: Classic work on Indian temples history, illus, guide to sites. rep. of 1995 ed.
Titel: Gods and Temples in South India
Verlag: Manohar Publishers & Distributors
Buchbeschreibung White Lotus, New Delhi, 1995. Softcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: no dj. Callewaert, Winand M. (illustrator). First. Gods and Temples in South India. book. Artikel-Nr. I7443