Images of Varahi
An Iconographic Study
|Author||: Haripriya Rangarajan|
|Description||:xxvi+234 p., 99 b/w photos, Bibliography, Index|
About the Book
The focus of this book is on goddess Varahi who is the atmasakti of Varaha responsible for lifting up the earth goddess from the Nether region. The author presents the various aspects of Varahi including the iconographic features of the different forms as well as mantras and yantras associated with the worship of Varahi based on the ancient texts, Puranas and Silpa-Sastras. It consists of six chapters deals with the antiquity and development of the worship of mother goddess in the pre-Vedic and the Vedic periods; the evolution of the identification of three female deities Vak, Sarasvati and Varahi and their fusion and synchronization into one; the important position Varahi occupies in Vaisnavism, Saktism and Tantric Saktism; the canonical rules prescribed in Silpa-Sastras with regard to the various forms of Varahi; the icons of Varahi found in temples, caves and other places in India; and the basic mantras and yantras to be followed to procure benefits from Varahi worship. The special feature of this book lies in presenting large number of collection of the images of Varahi found from different parts of the country. All the Slokas of Varahi are also given in this book. This book will benefit both to researchers and worshiper of Varahi.
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