Varaha: In Indian Art, Culture and Literature

By: Shanti Lal Nagar

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In the Indian context, the animal, though occasionally appears in the Vedic and post-vedic literature, but its reverence achieved a great boost after its association with the incarnation of Visnu, a strong and powerful Brahmanical god. In this form the boar, it is stated, rescued the earth-goddess submerged under the deep sea-waters. The reasons for the drowning of the earth have been quite convincingly given in the texts. The Mahabharata is quite vocal in this regard, wherein, it is stated that the earth was submerged in water because of its over population. "The salient features of the episode are (i) the Deluge, (ii) the Earth, (iii) the Demon Hiranyaksa, besides the boar. With the passage of time the theme of the rescue of the earth became symbolical with the rulers of the country, who after having conquered a territory or overthrowing the foreign domination, equated the event with the rescue of the earth by the boar incarnation of Visnu. Such events were celebrated by erecting an image or a temple of the god. "The present work aims at highlighting the various aspects of Varaha form of Visnu, in the background of the literary as well as the archaeological evidence, available in the country. Printed Pages: 172 with 54 halftone illustrations.

Title: Varaha: In Indian Art, Culture and Literature

Author Name: Shanti Lal Nagar

Categories: Literature, Culture, India, Art, Art History and Architecture,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Aryan Books International: 1993

ISBN: 8173050309

ISBN 13: 9788173050305

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 18 x 25 Cm

Seller ID: 100247

Keywords: Varaha: In Indian Art, Culture and Literature Shanti Lal Nagar