Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide
An invaluable encyclopedia of Hinduism Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions; an amalgam of diverse beliefs and schools, it originates in the Vedas and is rooted in Indian culture. Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide illuminates complex philosophical concepts through lucid definitions, a historical perspective and incisive analyses. It examines various aspects of Hinduism, covering festivals and rituals, gods and goddesses, philosophers, memorials, aesthetics, and sacred plants and animals. The author also explores pivotal ideas, including moksha, karma, dharma and samsara, and details the diverse commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and other important texts. Citing extensively from the regional languages, the book describes Hinduism’s innumerable myths and legends, and looks at the many versions of texts including the Ramayana and Mahabharata, placing each entry in its historical context and tracing its evolution to the present. • Outlines all eighteen major Puranas, the 108 Upanishads, and a selection of Vaishnava, Sahiva and Tantric texts • Provides quotations from rare original texts • A product of years of research, with a wide range of entries
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According Advaita AGNI ancient texts Arjuna ashram associated asura became BHAGAVATA PURANA BHAKTI BHAKTI saint Bhima born BRAHMA brahmana Buddhist caste centre century BCE Chakra commentary composed daityas DAKSHA dance Dasa daughter deity depicted described devas Devi devotion Dharma disciple divine DURGA dynasty earth festival Ganesha Ganga Gita goddess gods guru Hanuman Hindu Hinduism images incarnation Indra Jain karma Karttikeya KASHYAPA killed king known Krishna Lakshmi later legends LINGA lived located MAHABHARATA MANDAPA mantra Manu MANVANTARA marriage married Mathura meditation mother myths Naga Narasimha Narayana one’s PANDAVAS Parashurama PARVATI philosophy pitris poems Pradesh Prajapati Radha Rama RAMAYANA Ravana religion RIG VEDA rishi rituals river sacred sacrifice SAMKHYA Sanskrit Sanskrit text SARASVATI sect SHANKARA Shiva shrine Sita songs sons south India story SURYA Sutra Swami Tamil Nadu Tantric Temple A temple term tradition Upanishad Vaishnava various Vedic verses VISHNU wife worship Yoga Yuga