Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Ramayana > Hanuman > Hanuman in Art, Culture, Thought and Literature
Displaying 1281 of 7318         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Hanuman in Art, Culture, Thought and Literature
Pages from the book
Hanuman in Art, Culture, Thought and Literature
Look Inside the Book
Description
About The Book

Ever since the dawn of civilization in the country, several deities emerged on the Indian religious scene; while some of them vanished into oblivion as suddenly as they had mushroomed, some of them left an indelible impression in the minds of the people and are adored in one form or the other even during the modern times. Hanuman happens to be one such deity. Though scholars have tried to trace the presence of Hanuman in the Vedic literature in the form of Vrsakapi, the Brahma Purana, how-ever, recognizes Vrsakapi to be none else than Hanuman himself. Hanuman, as such however, was introduced by Valmiki for the first time in the Ramayana where initially he had an insignificant role as a minister of Sugriva. His personality indeed got a great boost soon after his coming in contact with Rama and Laksmana, the Ayodhya princes. In fact most of the episodes in the Kiskindha, Sundara and Yuddha Kandas of the Ramayana hover round Hanuman. There, he is presented as an excellent warrior, a devoted servant, a diplomat par excellence, most intelligent person and the one, who possessing all the virtues, could render selfless service to one and all. He never had any aspirations of his own and his entire performance in the epic was dedicated for the service of others. He could perform such heroic deeds, which none else even Rama and Laksmana could do.

The work which indeed is of an encyclopaedic nature, highlights in considerable detail, the performance of Hanuman as spelt out in various texts as well as that projected in the Indian plastic art.

 

About The Author

The author, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatrial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum, Nalanda, and Archaeological section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in the museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, heads, seals and sealings, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and pearce collection of gems, ranging from earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987 a Fellowship for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. The glimpses of the author’s works are provided hereunder:-

 

Preface

(We bow to Hanuman who is the son of Maruta, the Wind-god, devotee of Rama, the brave among the Vanaras, the friend of Sugriva, destroyer of Lanka, the one who crossed the vast ocean, the remover of the agony of Sita by carrying the ring to Rama to her, who prescribed the death of Ravana and the one who is Paramatma).

In the early Vedic texts, there is a deity called Vrsakapi, who happened to be the friend of Indra and who rescued Indra from demonic bondage. The word Vrsakapi represents a monkey with the strength of Vrsa or a bull, or a huge monkey, because Vrsa stands for a bull as well as for a creature of gigantic proportions. The reference to Vrsakapi in the Vedic literature is somewhat obscure but in the Brahma Purana the episode of Vrsakapi has been described somewhat elaborately; he is stated to have emerged out of the waters of Ganga, with tejas of Brahma, Visnu and Siva. The same text identifies Vrsakapi of the Vedic literature with Mahakapi Hanuman of the epic and Puranic literature. The question here arises as to why should the Vedic Vrsakapi be adopted by the epics and the Puranas as Mahakapi or Hanuman. The tradition of Vrsa representing the bull was also not lost sight of, because in the Puranic account there is a mention of Nandi, the chief gana of Siva, having the face of a monkey, whom Ravana despised, once on a visit to Kailasa. Nandi in return cursed him that monkeys would ultimately become the cause of his destruction. This indeed is not an isolated case because in the later developed form of Brahmanical deities, there had been a tendency to adopt the Vedic gods and deify them in the later developed faiths. For example, Rudra of the Vedic texts was later conceived to be Siva and Vedic Prajapati as Brahma, of the Puranic literature. Even Visnu of the Vedic literature was adopted in the Puranas as a four-armed god having his usual attributes of conch, cakra, mace and lotus. These attributes of Visnu are not present in the Vedic literature. Even with the emerging of Ganesa as the god for removal of obstacles and the bestower of success, some Vedic hyms were associated with him and the performance of the related rituals. Therefore, it would not be surprising if Vrsakapi of the Vedic literature was adopted in some modified form as Mahakapi or Hanuman in the epics and the Puranic literature.

There has been a discussion as to whether Hanuman was actually a species of monkey or a human-being. In this connection attention is invited to the description of Hanuman as provided in the epics, Puranas and other classical writers of the Brahmanical faith. They have used all the synonyms of monkey for Hanuman. There is also the mention of vanara-vamsa which has been interpreted to mean the dynasty of the vanaras or monkeys. The text also testifies that this vanara-vamsa was created by the gods who incarnated at the instance of Brahma, to help Rama in his fight with Ravana. This vanara-vamsa has been conceived to be a human race by the Jain texts. Taking, however, into consideration the immense strength, the intellect, the wisdom, the command in speech and other infallible virtues of Hanuman, one tends to believe him to be very much human. But while doing so, the tail possessed by Hanuman comes in the way, because no human can possess a tail. The tail is also not a symbolic one, because it was used not only by Hanuman but also by Angada and others for a variety of purposes. It is therefore quite difficult to arrive at a definite conclusion on this particular issue, which has still to be examined from a close angle.

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

 

Chapter -1 Introduction 1-10
Chapter -2 Birth, Childhood, Education and Old Age 11-28
Chapter -3 Literary Sources 29-84
Chapter -4 Iconography 85-105
Chapter -5 Art Forms 106-117
Chapter -6 Plastic Art 118-150
Chapter -7 Epigraphy, Numismatics, Seals and Sealings 151-156
Chapter -8 Beyond Indian Frontiers 157-182
Chapter -9 Multi-faceted Profile 183-194
Chapter -10 Vedic Vrsakapi to Mahakapi Hanuman 195-203
Chapter -11 Vanaravamsa 204-216
Chapter -12 Adoration of Monkeys through the Ages 217-221
Chapter -13 The Great Leap 222-226
Chapter -14 Tantric Profile 227-232
Chapter -15 The Medicinal Properties 233-235
Chapter -16 The Vermillian 236-237
Chapter -17 As a Cult Deity 238-242
Chapter -18 Contribution of Tulasidasa; 243-251
Chapter -19 The Devotion of Suradasa 252-253
Chapter -20 The Exotic Eye 254-257
Chapter -21 Evidence of Buddhist Texts 258-262
Chapter -22 Pancamukhi- and Ekadasamukhi Hanuman 263-269
Chapter -23 Epilogue 270-273
  Bibliography 275-286
  Appendices 287-382
  Index 383-389
  Correlation of Text with Plates 390-417
  Illustrations and Plates  
sample Page

 

 

Hanuman in Art, Culture, Thought and Literature

Item Code:
NAH076
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1995
ISBN:
8170760753
Language:
Sanskrit Text with English Translation
Size:
11.0 inch X 9.0 inch
Pages:
579 (135 B/W and 23 Color Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 1.7 Kg
Price:
$90.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Hanuman in Art, Culture, Thought and Literature

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3170 times since 26th May, 2017
About The Book

Ever since the dawn of civilization in the country, several deities emerged on the Indian religious scene; while some of them vanished into oblivion as suddenly as they had mushroomed, some of them left an indelible impression in the minds of the people and are adored in one form or the other even during the modern times. Hanuman happens to be one such deity. Though scholars have tried to trace the presence of Hanuman in the Vedic literature in the form of Vrsakapi, the Brahma Purana, how-ever, recognizes Vrsakapi to be none else than Hanuman himself. Hanuman, as such however, was introduced by Valmiki for the first time in the Ramayana where initially he had an insignificant role as a minister of Sugriva. His personality indeed got a great boost soon after his coming in contact with Rama and Laksmana, the Ayodhya princes. In fact most of the episodes in the Kiskindha, Sundara and Yuddha Kandas of the Ramayana hover round Hanuman. There, he is presented as an excellent warrior, a devoted servant, a diplomat par excellence, most intelligent person and the one, who possessing all the virtues, could render selfless service to one and all. He never had any aspirations of his own and his entire performance in the epic was dedicated for the service of others. He could perform such heroic deeds, which none else even Rama and Laksmana could do.

The work which indeed is of an encyclopaedic nature, highlights in considerable detail, the performance of Hanuman as spelt out in various texts as well as that projected in the Indian plastic art.

 

About The Author

The author, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatrial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum, Nalanda, and Archaeological section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in the museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, heads, seals and sealings, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and pearce collection of gems, ranging from earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987 a Fellowship for his monograph on the Temples of Himachal Pradesh by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. The glimpses of the author’s works are provided hereunder:-

 

Preface

(We bow to Hanuman who is the son of Maruta, the Wind-god, devotee of Rama, the brave among the Vanaras, the friend of Sugriva, destroyer of Lanka, the one who crossed the vast ocean, the remover of the agony of Sita by carrying the ring to Rama to her, who prescribed the death of Ravana and the one who is Paramatma).

In the early Vedic texts, there is a deity called Vrsakapi, who happened to be the friend of Indra and who rescued Indra from demonic bondage. The word Vrsakapi represents a monkey with the strength of Vrsa or a bull, or a huge monkey, because Vrsa stands for a bull as well as for a creature of gigantic proportions. The reference to Vrsakapi in the Vedic literature is somewhat obscure but in the Brahma Purana the episode of Vrsakapi has been described somewhat elaborately; he is stated to have emerged out of the waters of Ganga, with tejas of Brahma, Visnu and Siva. The same text identifies Vrsakapi of the Vedic literature with Mahakapi Hanuman of the epic and Puranic literature. The question here arises as to why should the Vedic Vrsakapi be adopted by the epics and the Puranas as Mahakapi or Hanuman. The tradition of Vrsa representing the bull was also not lost sight of, because in the Puranic account there is a mention of Nandi, the chief gana of Siva, having the face of a monkey, whom Ravana despised, once on a visit to Kailasa. Nandi in return cursed him that monkeys would ultimately become the cause of his destruction. This indeed is not an isolated case because in the later developed form of Brahmanical deities, there had been a tendency to adopt the Vedic gods and deify them in the later developed faiths. For example, Rudra of the Vedic texts was later conceived to be Siva and Vedic Prajapati as Brahma, of the Puranic literature. Even Visnu of the Vedic literature was adopted in the Puranas as a four-armed god having his usual attributes of conch, cakra, mace and lotus. These attributes of Visnu are not present in the Vedic literature. Even with the emerging of Ganesa as the god for removal of obstacles and the bestower of success, some Vedic hyms were associated with him and the performance of the related rituals. Therefore, it would not be surprising if Vrsakapi of the Vedic literature was adopted in some modified form as Mahakapi or Hanuman in the epics and the Puranic literature.

There has been a discussion as to whether Hanuman was actually a species of monkey or a human-being. In this connection attention is invited to the description of Hanuman as provided in the epics, Puranas and other classical writers of the Brahmanical faith. They have used all the synonyms of monkey for Hanuman. There is also the mention of vanara-vamsa which has been interpreted to mean the dynasty of the vanaras or monkeys. The text also testifies that this vanara-vamsa was created by the gods who incarnated at the instance of Brahma, to help Rama in his fight with Ravana. This vanara-vamsa has been conceived to be a human race by the Jain texts. Taking, however, into consideration the immense strength, the intellect, the wisdom, the command in speech and other infallible virtues of Hanuman, one tends to believe him to be very much human. But while doing so, the tail possessed by Hanuman comes in the way, because no human can possess a tail. The tail is also not a symbolic one, because it was used not only by Hanuman but also by Angada and others for a variety of purposes. It is therefore quite difficult to arrive at a definite conclusion on this particular issue, which has still to be examined from a close angle.

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

 

Chapter -1 Introduction 1-10
Chapter -2 Birth, Childhood, Education and Old Age 11-28
Chapter -3 Literary Sources 29-84
Chapter -4 Iconography 85-105
Chapter -5 Art Forms 106-117
Chapter -6 Plastic Art 118-150
Chapter -7 Epigraphy, Numismatics, Seals and Sealings 151-156
Chapter -8 Beyond Indian Frontiers 157-182
Chapter -9 Multi-faceted Profile 183-194
Chapter -10 Vedic Vrsakapi to Mahakapi Hanuman 195-203
Chapter -11 Vanaravamsa 204-216
Chapter -12 Adoration of Monkeys through the Ages 217-221
Chapter -13 The Great Leap 222-226
Chapter -14 Tantric Profile 227-232
Chapter -15 The Medicinal Properties 233-235
Chapter -16 The Vermillian 236-237
Chapter -17 As a Cult Deity 238-242
Chapter -18 Contribution of Tulasidasa; 243-251
Chapter -19 The Devotion of Suradasa 252-253
Chapter -20 The Exotic Eye 254-257
Chapter -21 Evidence of Buddhist Texts 258-262
Chapter -22 Pancamukhi- and Ekadasamukhi Hanuman 263-269
Chapter -23 Epilogue 270-273
  Bibliography 275-286
  Appendices 287-382
  Index 383-389
  Correlation of Text with Plates 390-417
  Illustrations and Plates  
sample Page

 

 

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

Hanuman or  The Way  of the  Wind (Tales and Legends of India )
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Auroville Press, Tamilnadu
Item Code: NAH601
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Chronicles of Hanuman
by Shubha Vilas
Paperback (Edition: 2016)
Om Books International
Item Code: NAN726
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Shri Hanuman Upasana
by Prof. Shriikant Prasoon
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
D.P.B. Publications
Item Code: NAK106
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Hanuman Lila
by Vanamali
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Aryan Books International
Item Code: IHG005
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Balvihar Book of Hanuman Chalisa (Profusely Illustrated)
by chinmaya
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Item Code: NAI138
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The World of Lord Hanuman
Item Code: NAM730
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

Thank you for this wonderful New Year sale!
Michael, USA
Many Thanks for all Your superb quality Artworks at unbeatable prices. We have been recommending EI to friends & family for over 5 yrs & will continue to do so fervently. Cheers
Dara, Canada
Thank you for your wonderful selection of books and art work. I am a regular customer and always appreciate the excellent items you offer and your great service.
Lars, USA
Colis bien reçu, emballage excellent et statue conforme aux attentes. Du bon travail, je reviendrai sur votre site !
Alain, France
GREAT SITE. SANSKRIT AND HINDI LINGUISTICS IS MY PASSION. AND I THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE.
Madhu, USA
I love your site and although today is my first order, I have been seeing your site for the past several years. Thank you for providing such great art and books to people around the World who can't make it to India as often as we would like.
Rupesh
Heramba Ganapati arrived safely today and was shipped promptly. Another fantastic find from Exotic India with perfect customer service. Thank you. Jai Ganesha Deva
Marc, UK
I ordered Padmapani Statue. I have received my statue. The delivering process was very fast and the statue looks so beautiful. Thank you exoticindia, Mr. Vipin (customer care). I am very satisfied.
Hartono, Indonesia
Very easy to buy, great site! Thanks
Ilda, Brazil
Our Nandi sculpture arrived today and it surpasses all expectations - it is wonderful. We are not only pleasantly surprised by the speed of international delivery but also are extremely grateful for the care of your packaging. Our sculpture needed to travel to an off-lying island of New Zealand but it arrived safely because of how well it had been packaged. Based upon my experience of all aspects of your service, I have no hesitation in recommending Exotic India.
BWM, NZ
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India