About the Book:
This book deals with the iconography of Hindu deities as presented in Sanskrit
texts. It consists of two volumes in a single binding.
Volume one presents the 108 deity descriptions extracted from
the sixteenth-century North Indian Mantramahodadhi by Mahidhara. Each entry
includes the Sanskrit text in transliteration, a literal translation, a note
on the distribution of the iconographic attributes and explanatory notes on
the deities, taking into account similar descriptions found in other Sanskrit
Volume two compares for the first time deity descriptions extracted
from two earlier and closely related texts, the anonymous Prapancasara and Laksmanadesika's
Saradatilaka (twelfth century). The Sanskrit text of the 78 deity descriptions
extracted from the Prapancasara and the 101 descriptions from the Saradatilaka
is presented with a literal translation and remarks on the iconography.
About the Author:
Gudrun Biihnemann is a Professor of Sanskrit and Indic Religions
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.