Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and Their Symbolism in Indian Temples

By: Heinrich Von Stietencron; Translated from the German By Mitch Cohen

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There are many books on the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, pictorial and celebratory. The present one is of a different kind. Professor von Stietencron investigates the temple sculptures of Ganga and Yamuna in order to unveil a whole cosmos of Hindu ritual and conceptual tradition. He shows how an entire worldview informs the planning and sculptural embellishment of such a temple—conceived of as the body of the deity enshrined in it. Consequently this book is a historical study of the sculptures of the goddesses Ganga and Yamuna adorning the doorways of Indian temples, most recognizable from the Gupta period onwards. It examines how these gracious and purifying riverine deities have been conceived in human form. It discusses in detail the rich store of puranic myths and legends woven around these deities, tracing their Vedic roots and showing their evolution since then. Translated from the German, this is a significant work of classical Indological scholarship. Drawing upon Sanskrit and various other sources, it provides major insights into the complex cultural history of Hindu religious traditions. Printed Pages: 202.

Title: Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and Their Symbolism in Indian Temples

Author Name: Heinrich Von Stietencron; Translated from the German By Mitch Cohen

Categories: India, Art & Art History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Permanent Black: 2010

ISBN: 8178242850

ISBN 13: 9788178242859

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 033891

Keywords: Ganga Yamuna Indian Temples India