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Sacred Hindu Symbols

Sacred Hindu Symbols
$31.00
Item Code: NAB016
Author: Gautam Chatterjee
Publisher: Abhinav Publication
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8170173973
Pages: 118 (Col. illus.:43)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.9" x 5.9"
weight of the book: 395 gms

From the Jacket: Hinduism is not merely a religion but a way of life. Hinduism, in its traverse of four thousand years, has accumulated many a belief and practice which encompass the whole socio-religio cultural life of a devout. Since the mythological past, Hinduism is studded with varied signs and symptoms which are mystic in character and symbolic in nature, and are also sacred symbols of spiritualism as well. These symbols are the sacred rivers; mystic mantras like 'OM' and Gayatri; the auspicious symbol of Swastika; the shivalinga, salagram shila or sacred stone objects; Tripundra Tilaks or Urdhapundra tilaks - the process of besmearing the body with different marks of sandal pastes; the sacred conch or Sankha and venerated trees which have medicinal value and spiritual ethos like Tulsi, Vata, Rudraksha, etc. All these are part of modern Hinduism but to many devouts and observers these symbols stand enigmatic! Thus this book attempts to explore and unearth the hidden philosophy of these signs and gauge the socio scientific base and tries to find out the real meaning of ritualistic methodologies of these symbols which are the great objects of veneration of the Hindus down the ages.

About the Author:

Gautam Chatterjee ( b.1958) is a New Delhi based research scholar and holds a Ph.D. Degree in History. He has been contributing to various newspapers, journals and periodicals of national repute for long. Topical writings as well as historical writes-up based on archival records are his forte. He has co authored a book Congress Secret Broadcast and storming Railway Tracks during quit India Movement. This book is considered today as a landmark book on Indian Freedom Struggle. Furthermore, he has contributed in 'Cultural Development of India' ( collection of Essays in Honour of Famous Historian Prof. J.N.Sarkar). Moreover, for over a decade he has done extensive research on Hindu Symbolism and got published many articles on this subject in the famous 'The India Magazine.'

 

Contents

 

Preface

7

 

List of Photographs

11

1

Signs and Symptoms of Hinduism

13

2

Sacred Hindu Scriptures: An Overview

15

3

The Hindu Pantheism

19

4

Sacred Animal Symbols

27

5

The Mysticism of Mantra

30

6

The Mystic Mantra 'OM'

33

7

The Sacred 'Gayatri' Mantra

36

8

The Sacred Swastika

38

9

Symbol of Temple Worship

41

10

The Symbolic Water and Sacred Rivers

44

11

Namaskar or Pranam: The Sacred Posture of Hindu Salutation

47

12

The Sacred Sikha

49

13

The Sivalinga

50

14

Tripundra: The Shaivite Tilaks

58

15

Salagram Shila

63

16

Urdhapundra: The Vaishnavite Tilaks

70

17

Sankha - The Sacred Conch

77

18

The Symbolism of Sacred Trees

81

19

Rudraksha: The Tears of Shiva

84

20

The Sacred Tulsi

93

21

The Sacred Bilva Tree

98

22

The Sacred Vata Vriksha

100

23

The Sacred Peepal Tree

102

24

The Sacred Kadali Tree

104

25

Mango Tree

106

26

Betel Leaf or Pan

107

27

Durba Grass

109

28

Soma Plant

110

29

Sacred Karpura

111

30

Sacred Flowers

112

 

Select Bibliography

113

 

Index

116

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