About the Book
Shiva-Parvati are one of the most revered deities of the Hindu pantheon and the husband-wife duo evoke immense faith and devotion in the hearts of the people of the land.
This book traces the legend of Shiva-Parvati in the ancient texts of the Hindus and delves into the aspects of the worship of Shiva-Linga; the iconography of Shiva and of Parvati and their symbolic representation. The cult of the Mother Goddess symbolised by Parvati as Shakti, Kali and Durga; the legend of Shiva and Sati and the marriage of Shiva and Parvati are delineated in detail. The sons of Shiva-Mangal, Karttikeya, Hariharaputra, Jalandhara, Hanuman and Andhaka-all kind a mention. The destructive aspect of Shiva as Natraja, the Lord of Dance; legends of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; sacred plays of Shiva and the tales and places associated with Him and His devotees are all depicted extensively.
About the Author
Ashish Khokar is a well-known writer and commentator on the arts and crafts: culture and civilization; religion and spirituality of India. He has been a critic for the Times of India, columnist for several magazines, a TV personality and editor of attendance, India's year-book on dance. He is based in Bangalore and Chennai.
Research Associate S. Saraswati has a rich and variegated experience of the philosophy, culture and the arts of India. She has been a lecturer of philosophy at Mumbai University and has conducted field studies and documented several performing arts traditions. She is also an archivist of repute for cultural material.
In the Ancient Texts Shiva- Parvati Shiva Linga Iconography of Shiva Symbolic Interpretation of various iconographic features Parvati Iconography of Parvati Ardhanarisvara - The Legend Shiva and Sati The Marriage of Shiva and Parvati Sons of Shiva Mangal Karttikeya Hariharaputra Jalandhara Hanuman Andhaka Nataraja: The Lord of Dance The burning of Tripura Legends of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva In the incarnation of Lord Vishnu Panduranga Andhaka Jalandhara The Coming of Nandi Sacred Plays of Shiva One of the best known ales of Tiruvilayatal is Meenakshi Kalyanam Kali & Darugan Pancha Bhuta Sthalas of Shiva Jyotirlingas Devotees of Shiva
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