Bhakti Doctrines, Art and Culture (As in Vaishnava Puranas)


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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.


What 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.


The 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 purushartha.


About the Author


Dr. Susmita Pande, D’Litt. is Professor and Head in the school of Studies in Ancient India History, Culture and Archaeology Vikram University, Ujjain (India).


Her important 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 Pratibha.


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

Item Code: NAK615
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2014
Publisher: Raka Prakashan, Allahabad
ISBN: 9789382182146
Language: English
Size: 9.5 inch x 6.5 inch
Pages: 338 (28 B/W Plates)
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 660 gms