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Author Name    V. Varadachari (Ed. & Tr.)

Title   Isvarasamhita, 5 Vols

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Publisher   New Delhi, India Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/MLBD 2009

ISBN    8120832213 / 9788120832213

Seller ID   101598

Vai??avism has given rise to two very important schools of ritual and philosophy - Vaikhanasa and Pańcaratra. Isvarasa?hita is an important text of the Pańcaratra school of Vai??avism. Whereas Vaikhanasa is relatively archaic in character and leans more upon the Vedic tradition for its repertoire of mantras used in religious rites and ceremonies, the Pańcaratra is more liberal and open in its approach. It has a text tradition going back to some 2,000 years-which has also been the main source of the Visi??advaita philosophy of Ramanuja (eleventh-twelfth century). In most of the Vai??ava temples in south India, especially in Tamil Nadu, worship is conducted in accordance with the prescription of one of the important Pańcaratra Sa?hitas. The Isvarasa?hita is an important text of the Pańcaratra school and is followed meticulously for the conduction of daily Puja ceremony and performances of various religious festivals in the Naraya?asvami temple of Melkore. It can safely be dated to eighth-ninth century at least on the basis of its reference in the Agama Prama?ya of Sri Yamunacarya. It is supposed to be a simpler and smaller version of the older Sattvata-Sa?hita of this school which is the earliest available work of Pańcaratra and is considered as one of three ratnas Uewels), along with Pau kara­ and Jaya-Sa?hitas. In twenty-five long Adhyayas the Isvarasa?hita describes in great detail the rites, rituals and ceremonies taking place (or ought to take place) in a Vai??ava temple. Palm-leaf manuscripts of the Isvarasa?hita were procured mainly from the Naraya?asvami Temple of Melkore for the sake of authenticity. We have also appended to the text the gloss of A?asi?ha Bha??a (early nineteenth century) which shall be helpful in comprehending certain difficult or sectarian expressions. The English translation on the opposite (right) page has been provided for the facility of the modern scholars working on philosophy, ritual and iconography oVai??avavism. A proper understanding of ritual is obviously indispensable for the study of art.

Isvarasamhita, 5 Vols V. Varadachari (Ed. & Tr.)

Price = 145.00 USD

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