About the Book
The Puranas have
proved to be a rich encyclopaedia of India Culture. Not only do they popularize
the religio-philosophical tradition of ancient India, they also bring the reach
of the common man, the practical and the scientific disciplines like medicine,
astrology, architecture etc. Since the scope of the present work aims at analysing
the impact of Bhakti on society, religion and art, the work has dealt with the
socio-religious and philosophical traditions as well as the practical
discipline which has a direct impact on Bhakti.
makes the account of the Puranas especial is their attempt to bring out a
symbiosis between the ancient and the modern traditions and evolve new ideal
patterns which synthesize Vedic, Agamic and Pravrtti and nivrtti ways of life
and evolve a science of worship by the prevalence of images, temples, tradition
of public path, recital of japa, dhyana, tirtha and dana.
Puranas also frame rules propagating egalitarianism in the context of Bhakti.
Bhakti emerges as a great social leveller.
The Puranas are
also important from the point of view of historiography of religion and the
science of religion. Bhakti receives a Sastraic background and is an integral
combination of knowledge, emotion and action and is aptly termed as the highest
About the Author
Pande, D’Litt. is
Professor and Head in the school of Studies in Ancient India History, Culture
and Archaeology Vikram University, Ujjain (India).
books include Birth of Bhakti in Indian Religions & Art (Books & Books,
New Delhi), Mediaeval Bhakti Movement (Kusumanjali Prakashan, Meerut), Samaj,
Arthik Vyavastha Evam Dharma (M.P. Hindi Grantha Academy, Bhopal) and Bhartiya
Sanskriti (M.P. Hindi Grantha Academy).
She has a number
of research articles to her credit which include Articles on various aspects of
Indian Culture and Heritage for M.P. Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal She has
been the Editor of many books and also of the research journal, Prachya
She was also
associated with the research projects of U.G.C., I.C.H.R. and I.I.A.S. Simla and
NMMA, New chalcolithic site was unearthed
The study of the
Puranas as cultural documents has had a long history. Pargiter had argued that
the original Puranic traditions went back to the Vedic age. RC Hazra studied
the socio-cultural milieu in the Puranas and attempted to determine the dates
of the extant Puranas. VS Agrawal showed how the mythical, cosmological,
geographical and cultural traditions were represented in the Puranas through
symbols, motifs and iconography. Since then a host of scholars like Dikshitar,
SN Dasgupta, SN Roy, ABL Awasthi and many others have published important
studies on the antiquity, mythology, social and religio- philosophical ideas of
the Puranas. The present work seeks to be another, step in the direction of the
above researches, Its contribution in eleven chapters seeks to trace the
Puranas from the point of view of development of bhakti and its impact
on religion, society and art o