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The sacred in the Indian tradition is more an experience than a concept and goes much beyond the narrow confines of an organized temple or even a shrine. The gods of this tradition, as well as those who hold them sacred, are simple and unpretentious yet dignified and self-assured. Whether it is a tree that is held sacred or a naturally occurring stone that is revered, a river that is the embodiment of divinity itself, an ancestor that is worshipped, a fabric that is simply draped, a road side shrine on a busy street or a votive terracotta horse that is lovingly made and offered, a narrative scroll that holds it audience spell-bound; here is religion at work that is as spontaneous as it is intense, charged with faith, fervor and commitment; now private and now shared, that forms an internal part of the lived lives of these common people, be they rural or urban, tribal or traditional. The rituals and practices for these deities are neither scripted nor canonized, but what they may lack in grandeur, erudition and ceremony, they more than make up in the faith and feeling that they generate. In a civilization which has encountered majestic truths and erected grand temples, these sacred manifestations and expressions of the ordinary people tend to be sidelined or dismissed by scholars as well as the world at large, as minor or lesser gods worthy of curiosity but not of serious study, but it is important to remember that they have a beauty and presence of their own in the pluralistic Indian tradition.

Harsha V. Dehejia leads an international group of scholars to explore this idea which in many ways defines the spirit of India.

 

Contents

 

HARSHA V. DEHEJIA  
Gods Beyond Temples 9
AMIT AMBALAL  
The Portable Shrinathji 15
SUMANTA BANERJEE  
The Odyssey of the Bankura Horse 19
NICHOLAS BARNARD  
Bejeweled Gods 25
MONISHA BHARADWAJ  
Living with the Gods 29
NARENDRA BOKHARE  
Small Shaiva Bronzes of Maharashtra 35
KUSUM BUDHWAR  
The Court of Divine Justice:  
Kumaon’s Golu Devata 43
INDRANATH CHAUDHURY  
Itinerant Singers:  
Baul, the Dancing Mendicants of Bengal 49
ROSEMARY CRILL  
Thread, Cloth and Costume:  
Textiles in the Hindu Tradition 55
YASHODHARA DALMIA  
The Gods of the Warlis 63
HARSHA V. DEHEJIA  
Urban Spaces as Visual Theophany 69
DEVANGANA DESAI  
Kurma: Support of the Cosmic Axis 77
JASLEEN DHAMIJA  
Surya: Light to Enlightenment 83
THOMAS DONALDSON  
Posts, Pots and Pebbles:  
Aniconic Village Goddesses of Orissa 87
RANJIT HOSKOTE  
Landscape as Shrine:  
Entering the Event Horizon of Tukaram 95
MAZHAR HUSSAIN  
Funeral Practices and Paradise Symbolism:  
Islamic Art and Architecture 103
STEPHEN HUYLER  
Gods of the Thresholds:  
The Liminal Arts of Hindu Householders 111
STEPHEN INGLIS  
Divinity and Pots in South India 117
JAYA JAITLY  
The Sons of Vishvakarma 125
ANEES JUNG  
The Unknown Sufi 131
MADHU KHANNA  
Svayambhu: The Nature Icons of Prakriti 135
RAVI KHANNA  
Divinity in Sound 143
SUNIL KOTHARI  
The Rasa Lilas of Braj 153
LALIT KUMAR  
Devotional Objects of the Jains 159
NANDITHA KRISHNA  
Utsava Murtis: When Gods Go Visiting 163
RICHARD LANNOY  
Reflections on Benaras 169
CORNELA MALIEBRIEN  
Mobile Shrines in India 173
CORNELA MALLEBRIEN  
The Bronzes of Bastar 179
PAOLA MANFREDI  
The Tree of Life 185
KIRIT MANKODI  
The Deotas of Himachal 191
ASHVIN MEHTA  
Divinity in Solitude 197
JAGDISH MITTAL  
Gods of the Fabrics:  
Sacred Images in Kalamkaris 201
PUSHPESH PANT  
Divinity of Food 209
MAKARAND PARANJAPE  
Ten Meditations on the Guru 215
CHRISTOPHER PINNEY  
Paper Gods 223
HAKU SHAH  
The Votive Horse of Gujarat 229
KAVITA SINGH  
The God Who Looks Away:  
Phad Paintings of Rajasthan 235
JAWAHAR SIRCAR  
The Aniconic Cult of Dharma in Bengal 241
TULSI VATSAL  
The Goddess as a Pot 249
ARCHANA VERMA  
Painting the Goddess:  
Folk Paintings from the Mithila Region 255
BIMLA VERMA  
Sanjbi: A Goddess of Murals 261
About the Contributors 265

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Gods Beyond Temples

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2009
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From the Jacket

The sacred in the Indian tradition is more an experience than a concept and goes much beyond the narrow confines of an organized temple or even a shrine. The gods of this tradition, as well as those who hold them sacred, are simple and unpretentious yet dignified and self-assured. Whether it is a tree that is held sacred or a naturally occurring stone that is revered, a river that is the embodiment of divinity itself, an ancestor that is worshipped, a fabric that is simply draped, a road side shrine on a busy street or a votive terracotta horse that is lovingly made and offered, a narrative scroll that holds it audience spell-bound; here is religion at work that is as spontaneous as it is intense, charged with faith, fervor and commitment; now private and now shared, that forms an internal part of the lived lives of these common people, be they rural or urban, tribal or traditional. The rituals and practices for these deities are neither scripted nor canonized, but what they may lack in grandeur, erudition and ceremony, they more than make up in the faith and feeling that they generate. In a civilization which has encountered majestic truths and erected grand temples, these sacred manifestations and expressions of the ordinary people tend to be sidelined or dismissed by scholars as well as the world at large, as minor or lesser gods worthy of curiosity but not of serious study, but it is important to remember that they have a beauty and presence of their own in the pluralistic Indian tradition.

Harsha V. Dehejia leads an international group of scholars to explore this idea which in many ways defines the spirit of India.

 

Contents

 

HARSHA V. DEHEJIA  
Gods Beyond Temples 9
AMIT AMBALAL  
The Portable Shrinathji 15
SUMANTA BANERJEE  
The Odyssey of the Bankura Horse 19
NICHOLAS BARNARD  
Bejeweled Gods 25
MONISHA BHARADWAJ  
Living with the Gods 29
NARENDRA BOKHARE  
Small Shaiva Bronzes of Maharashtra 35
KUSUM BUDHWAR  
The Court of Divine Justice:  
Kumaon’s Golu Devata 43
INDRANATH CHAUDHURY  
Itinerant Singers:  
Baul, the Dancing Mendicants of Bengal 49
ROSEMARY CRILL  
Thread, Cloth and Costume:  
Textiles in the Hindu Tradition 55
YASHODHARA DALMIA  
The Gods of the Warlis 63
HARSHA V. DEHEJIA  
Urban Spaces as Visual Theophany 69
DEVANGANA DESAI  
Kurma: Support of the Cosmic Axis 77
JASLEEN DHAMIJA  
Surya: Light to Enlightenment 83
THOMAS DONALDSON  
Posts, Pots and Pebbles:  
Aniconic Village Goddesses of Orissa 87
RANJIT HOSKOTE  
Landscape as Shrine:  
Entering the Event Horizon of Tukaram 95
MAZHAR HUSSAIN  
Funeral Practices and Paradise Symbolism:  
Islamic Art and Architecture 103
STEPHEN HUYLER  
Gods of the Thresholds:  
The Liminal Arts of Hindu Householders 111
STEPHEN INGLIS  
Divinity and Pots in South India 117
JAYA JAITLY  
The Sons of Vishvakarma 125
ANEES JUNG  
The Unknown Sufi 131
MADHU KHANNA  
Svayambhu: The Nature Icons of Prakriti 135
RAVI KHANNA  
Divinity in Sound 143
SUNIL KOTHARI  
The Rasa Lilas of Braj 153
LALIT KUMAR  
Devotional Objects of the Jains 159
NANDITHA KRISHNA  
Utsava Murtis: When Gods Go Visiting 163
RICHARD LANNOY  
Reflections on Benaras 169
CORNELA MALIEBRIEN  
Mobile Shrines in India 173
CORNELA MALLEBRIEN  
The Bronzes of Bastar 179
PAOLA MANFREDI  
The Tree of Life 185
KIRIT MANKODI  
The Deotas of Himachal 191
ASHVIN MEHTA  
Divinity in Solitude 197
JAGDISH MITTAL  
Gods of the Fabrics:  
Sacred Images in Kalamkaris 201
PUSHPESH PANT  
Divinity of Food 209
MAKARAND PARANJAPE  
Ten Meditations on the Guru 215
CHRISTOPHER PINNEY  
Paper Gods 223
HAKU SHAH  
The Votive Horse of Gujarat 229
KAVITA SINGH  
The God Who Looks Away:  
Phad Paintings of Rajasthan 235
JAWAHAR SIRCAR  
The Aniconic Cult of Dharma in Bengal 241
TULSI VATSAL  
The Goddess as a Pot 249
ARCHANA VERMA  
Painting the Goddess:  
Folk Paintings from the Mithila Region 255
BIMLA VERMA  
Sanjbi: A Goddess of Murals 261
About the Contributors 265

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