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Varahaavatara of Visnu in Art and Literature of Tamil Nadu

S. Vasanthi, Rishi Publication, 2012, xix, 128 p, 56 col. plates, 22 b/w plates, 1 map, 1 figs,, ISBN : 9788191024036, $80.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Varahaavatara of Visnu in Art and Literature of Tamil Nadu

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Varaha worship in India. 2. Varaha in Tamil literature. 3. Varaha temples in Tamilnadu. 4. Varaha in art forms. Conclusion. Bibliography. Appendices.

This book on Varaha Avatara of Visnu in art and literature of Tamil Nadu is an outcome of an inspiration to further explore and study the Varaha avatara of Visnu in art and literature of Tamil Nadu, by perusing the events of history in chronological order. The primary source such as literature, epigraphy, and numismatics were consulted and Varaha temples were visited and studied elaborately. The narrative history of Varaha incarnation in Tamil Nadu is carried out and distributed in four chapters viz., the first chapter deals with the worship in India, while the other chapters such as Varaha in Tamil literature, Varaha temples and in art forms, the study had confirmed that Varaha incarnation was one of the famous popular worships prevailed in Tamil Nadu. This publication is a significant attempt to forge links to the past, when religion was a way of life to the ancient society. The inclusion of bibliography, appendices and plates also will be an added attraction to the readers of this book. (jacket)   

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