ISBN 9788124604472,Vedic Religion and Culture - An Exposition of Distinct Facets

Vedic Religion and Culture - An Exposition of Distinct Facets



D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788124604472

ISBN-10 8124604479


Number of Pages 120 Pages
Language (English)

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Despite two centuries of their multifarious, critical studies in India and the Western world, Vedic writings unveil myriad questions that have either baffled scholars or have led to serious controversies. A distinguished Indologist, Professor P.L. Bhargava marshals, for the first time, indisputable evidence to resolve some of these questions like, for instance: Who wrote the Rigvedic hymns? Which deities, in the Rigveda, constitute the group, called Adityas? Or, again in the Rigvedic contexts, what does the word asura mean? Who, of the two major Vedic gods: Indra and Varuna, has greater antiquity? Is Ayodhya: the birth place of Lord Rama, mentioned in the early Vedic literature? Where did Lord Ramas ancestors: the kings of Ikshvaku dynasty originally rule? And how far danastutis (the praises of gifts) of the Rigveda can help scholars to reconstruct the political history of the Vedic Age? Combining in him the erudition of a Sanskritist and a historian, the author also comes to grips with the idea of Gods omnipresence in Aryan religious thought, the enigmatic Hymn of Vishvedevas in the Rigveda, or the confounding wordsphrases in its Hymn of Creation; besides several other issues of religious, cultural; historical and literary importance- all these on the basis of his unbiased, life-long studies of the Vedic texts. An exquisite presentation of Dr Bhargavas writings, the volume covers a variety of themes that range from the very authorship of the Rigvedic hymns to the status of Vedic religion today. Invaluable to the scholars and specialists of Vedic lore.