Besides the Introduction, the work is divided into six chapters. As is proper, Chapter I is concerned with the birth of Rudra-Šiva, and a brief history of the Saiva sect in ancient India. Rudra is among the earliest known names of Siva, and most of the early salutations, addressed to him, have escaping his wrath as their immediate objective. Hence, the myths in Chapter 2 depict the raudra aspect of Śiva. Chapter 3 deals with the myths, in which the fival saumya aspect of Siva comes to the fore, when he appears before his devotees, and grants them their heart's desire. Chapter 4 is, in a sense, a continuation of the theme of Chapter 3, with Siva bestowing various boons, often in the form of celestial weapons and other objects, on those who gratify him, usually by performing austere tapas. Some myths in the two epics exhibit a rôle reversal, with Siva receiving something from some other agency, and some such major myths form the subject of Chapter 5. Myths of Siva, of a variegated nature, as found in the two epics, have been clubbed together in the last chapter. A Select Bibliography follows, which lists the major source materials on the subject. The illustrations, at the end of the work, are pictorial representations of some of the myths, included in this work.
In 2006, the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, awarded him a major research project, and his Encyclopaedia of Indian Coins (Ancient Coins of Northern India, up to circa 650 AD) (2 volumes, Delhi. 2012), has evolved out of the same project report, submitted to the University Grants Commission.
In 2023, he was granted a little over six months' Sabbatical Leave, by the University of Lucknow, to work on the project-Siva Myths in the Epics The Ramayana of Valmiki and The Mahabharata of Vyasa. The present work is based on that project report.
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