Devata-Rupa-Mala (Part – IV)

Item Code: NAC651
Author: S.K. Ramachandra Rao
Publisher: Kalpatharu Research Academy, Bangalore
Language: English
Pages: 265 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.9 Inch X 7.4 Inch
Weight 690 gm
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The Kalpatharu Research Academy, Bangalore is an Institution running with the benign blessings of His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji under the auspices of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, established in 1981. Kalpatharu Research Academy has strided across the horizon of Indological Research and Publications with giant steps, and today stands as an Institution known for its unique quality of Research work.

Kalpatharu Research Academy is dedicated to the cause of preservation of ancient heritage of India; it has encouraged Research in the fields of Agama, Veda, Tantra, Jyoutisha, Mantra-Sastra, Vastu, Yoga, Silpa, Ayurveda etc.

Among its prestigious publications (numbering more than Hundred till now), are Six Volumes of Pratima-Kosha, Twelve Volumes of Agama-Kosha, Vastu-Silpa-Kosha in Three Volumes, Three Volumes of the Art and Architecture of Indian Temples, and several Koshas like Ganesha-Kosha, Lalita-Kosha and Navagraha-Kosha, Oshadhi-Kosha, Salagrama-Kosha, Gita-Kosha, Hanumat-Kosha etc.

The Academy has plans of undertaking intensive Research in the field of Veda and Vedanga, and intends publishing “Bharatiya-Samskriti-Sarvasva-Kosha” an encyclopaedic work in several volumes dealing with all aspects of Indian Tradition and Culture. It seeks to promote Education, Culture, Science, Art and learning in all its branches. The approach will be broad-based and multidisciplinary.

An extensive, comprehensive and specialist reference library has been built up to assist the Research Workers in the Indological disciplines. A valuable collection of Palm-Leaf manuscripts relating to Veda, Vedanta, Vedanga and allied subjects has already been made; the collection work is continuing.

Dakshinamnaya Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham has been running a Guru -Kula type of Institution on traditional lines to impart Vedic Education at several places. Some of these Institutions are over 100 years old. It is the intention of Kalpatharu Research Academy to take an active part in continuing this age-old tradition and act as the Research & Publication wing for these Institutions.

Our ambition is to develop as a National Centre for higher learning in Veda, Vedanga and Shastras and facilitate the propagation of unique Sanskrit and Vedic Texts in the National and International arena.

This Publication is the 107th (One hundred and Seventh) of its achievement in this field.

From the Jacket

Vidyalankara, Sastra-Chudamani, Sangita-Kalaratna Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Par well-known scholar who combines traditional learning with modern research. Well versed in Sanskrit, Ardhamagadhi and several modern Indian languages and acquainted with Tibetan and some European languages, he has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian Culture, Art and Literature.

In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of Psychology. He has headed the Department of Clinical Psychology in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience’s. Bangalore and the Department of Indian Culture in the Collision College Study Center of the University of the Pacific (USA). At present, he is the Associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. and Guest Faculty. Indian Institute of Management. Bangal0ore and member of the Governing Council of lit 15V0 Research Centre), Trupati.

He has been Member of Karnataka state Lalitha Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy. He has served on the Agama Board (VL of Karnataka). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratishtana. The Govt. of Karnataka has honoured him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award. He has received awards from Lalita-kala Academi and Sangita Nritya Academi. He is the recipient of the Veda Sanman for the year 2000 by the Govt. of India (H.R.D. Ministry).

Kendriya Samskrita Vidya-peetha, Tirupati, (deemed university) has awarded him honour is cause degree ‘Vachaspati’ (2003).

He has written more than sixty books in Kannada, a play in Sanskrit, and a Pali commentary on a Buddhist classic. One of his books on iconography in Kannada has won the state Sahitya Academi Award, as also another of his books on the Tirupati Temple.

Among his numerous English Publications are three volumes of Encyclopaedi of Indian Medicine (Popular Prakashan, Mumbai). Tibetan Tantrik Tradition and Tibetan Meditation (Arnold Heinemann, Delhi) Consciousness in Advaita, and a series of six books on Indian Temples (IBH Prakashana, Bangalore) and Origins of Indian Thought (Bangalore University); Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Pratima-kosa in six volumes. Agama-Kosha in Twelve volumes. Art and Architecture of Indian Temples in three volumes.

He is at present engaged in the 30-volume project Rgveda-Darsana (Thirteen volumes of which have appeared).

He is also musicologist sculptor and painter, and has held some one man shows.


The Kalpatharu Research Academy Bangalore, is happy that it is bringing Out the fourth part of Devata-Rupa-Mala, under the project on Bharatiya Samskriti-Sarvasva-Kosha, a comprehensive and extensive project. This part deals with the important divinity Siva, in his various forms.

This collection of iconic representations and -the introduction were as in the previous parts prepared by Vidyalankara, Vachaspati Prof. S.K. Ramachandra Rao. We are grateful to him for this significant contribution. We are humbly grateful to the munificent blessings of His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamiji, the Jagadguru of Sri Sharada Peetham of Sringeri, and we also acknowledge the help of Sri V.R. Gowrishankar, the Administrator of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham and our chairman.

The Academy acknowledges the generous financial assistance from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt., of India, New Delhi and the Ministry of Education Govt. of Karnataka for this noble task.

We thank M/s. Omkar Offset Printers for their efficient printing and production of this book.


This is the fourth part of Devata-Rupa-Mala which has been designed to be of help to the artistes and the craftsmen, engaged in the preparation of icons for worship in temples and at homes. The icons illustrated here by drawings and photographs are also excellent specimens of our sculpture. The reproductions of photographs from South Kanara District of Karnataka, here are from the late Dr. P. Gururaj Bhatt (cf. his definitive volume on studies in Tuluva History and Culture, 1975). He was my good friend, and he very kindly provided me with numerous photographs. My indebtedness to him has already been acknowledged in the previous part (Pan II, page. 101). The discussions I had with him on several occasions brought out the distinctive features of sculptural work in that area.

This volume deals with the iconic representations of Siva in his sportive forms (lila-murti) like Nataraja, Dakshinamurti, Vaivahikamurti-, Devyardha (ardha-nari) and so on.

I am grateful to Sri Daivajna K.N. Somayaji for providing me this opportunity, to the Jagadguru of Sringeri who is the chief patron of Kalpatharu Research Academy, and to Sri V.R. Gowrishankar who is the Chairman of the Academy, I am also indebted to my friends Sri Venkatesh Babu and Sri Nagendra of Omkar Offset Printers, for their courtesy and co-operation while this work was in the press.


Siva 1
Nataraja 171
Ardha-Narisvara 258
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