Indian Symbolism : Symbols as Sources of Our Customs and Beliefs

Rai Govind Chandra, Munshiram Manoharlal, 1996, 144 p, 310 figures, ISBN : 9788121500814, $47.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Purna Kumbha. 2. Svastika. 3. Srivatsa. 4. Nandipada. 5. Cakra. 6. Vardhamanaka. 7. Matsya or Matsyayugma symbol. 8. Bhadrasana. 9. Caturbhuja Cinha. 10. Triratna. 11. Vaijayanti. 12. The Kalpataru and the Kalpalata. 13. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.

"Symbols have great significance for understanding early Indian religion, beliefs, art and culture. Of these symbols, some were widely current and continued to be in use for several centuries and are found delineated in sculpture, architecture, pottery, coins, paintings, etc. Rai Govind Chandra in his Indian Symbolism: Symbols as Sources of Our Customs and Beliefs has taken up for study twelve symbols, the Purna Kumbha or Purna Ghata, Svastika, Srivatsa, Nandipada, Cakra, Vardhamanaka, Matsya or Matsyayugma, Bhadrasana, Caturbhuja Cinha, Triratna, Vaijayanti, and the Kalpataru and the Kalpalata. Each of these symbols is important particularly from the point of view of art and iconoraphy. Rai Govind Chandra has discussed in great detail about the origin, meaning and diffusion of all these symbols. Having traced their occurrence in different periods and cultures as well as in different mediums, both in India and outside, the author has been able to demonstrate their primitive and naturalistic beginnings.

"Rai Govind Chandra's Indian Symbolism is an extremely important contribution and is an indispensable work for scholars and researchers of Indian art, culture and religion." (jacket)

[Rai Govind Chandra also wrote Terracottas of the Indus Valley Civilisation and The Development of Ornaments and Jewellery in Proto-Historic India.]

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