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THE BLUEPRINT FOR AN ATLAS OF EARLY INDIAN RELIGIONS

K M Shrimali

Region : World | Language : English | Product Binding : Hardbound | Page No. : 406 | Year : 2022
ISBN : 9789350027479

INR : 1,995.00

Overview

This has been a dream venture of the author for the last more than three decades. It is an attempt to show directions for mapping religious histories of the Indian sub-continent over a period of several millennia - from the prehistoric times to c.1300 CE. It goes beyond conventional frontiers of an *Atlas by transcending narrow confines of the  discipline of 'geography' by including such dimensions as "types of religions" and "anthropology of the sacred". How do topography and ecology and the so-called 'highland' and 'lowland' cultures affect cultic practices? Do religions act as "catalyst' for urban growth? Can any pattern be discerned in the origin and dispersal of Shiva, the Mahadeva and his followers? Why do Lord Rama and Lord Krishna emerge as avatars of Vishnu but Lord Ganesh and Devi Ganga respectively remain son and daughter of Shiva? How and why does Lakulish, allegedly the founder of the Pashupata sect of the Shaivas acquire a club in his hand after the eighth century CE in Karnataka? How do we account for iconographic changes in representations of deities across temporal and spatial axes? Why are Hero-stones more prolific in upland areas and relatively infrequent in the large agricultural tracts of the indus and the Ganga valleys and in the agriculturally rich delta areas of the peninsula? Do the phenomena of Hero-stones and emergence of more than 3000 tirthas between c.600 and c.1300 CE have any links with the simultaneous proliferation of land grants to religious beneficiaries of varied hues? How does the tracking of inter-religious and intra-religious spaces help us in understanding strategies adopted by different religions vis-à-vis one another? This monograph seeks to answer such questions by suggesting ways of cartographic delineation of religious developments in early India. Problems of "locational context' and mapping 'portable antiquities* (including 'scattered' art remains in museums) have also been looked into. Data comprising of 6,000 entries on  deities, religious epithets and structures, sites, monuments, sculptures and other art remains bearing on early Indian religions based on Epigraphia Indica, Corpus Inscription indicarum and Annual Reports of the Archaeological Survey of India (1902-03 to 1936-37) are being presented here. Two maps illustrating the modus operandi of this experimental exercise are also included in this monograph. 

 

Krishna Mohan Shrimali (b. 1947) retired as a Professor of History, University of Delhi after teaching graduate (at his alma mater, the St Stephen's College) and postgraduate students for more than four decades (1968-2012). His contributions have appeared in numerous journals of history and archaeology and his published research monographs include: History of Panchal (in two volumes); The Agrarian Structure in Central India and the Northern Deccan: A Study in Vakataka Inscriptions; Constructing an Identity: Forging Hinduism into Harappan Religions; Dharma Samaj aur Sanskriti (in Hindi); The Iron Age and the Religious Revolution, c.700- c.350 BC; Aarthik Sanrachana aur Dharma - Vivek Yugin Bharat mein Mudra, Nagara aur Gramac.700 - c.300 BCE; Prachin Bhartiya Dharmon a ltihas; and Itihas, Puratattva aur Vichardhara. Amongst several monographs edited by him are: Essays in Indian Art, Religion and Society; Archaeology Since Independence; A Comprehensive History of India, Vol. IV (jointly with Professor R.S. Sharma); Reason and Archaeology. Apart from being the General President of the Indian History Congress in 2017, he has also been the President of History Congresses of the States of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and the Historiography Section of the Andra Pradesh History Congress. He also served as the Treasurer and Secretary of the Indian History Congress. Professor Shrimali is committed to disseminate  scientific and secular history through the teaching and writing of history - both at the academic level  as well as for common people. His forthcoming book is The Religions Enterprise: Studies in Early Indian Religions

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