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Publisher:Indus Publishing Company
Published In:1995
ISBN-10:8173870306
ISBN-13:9788173870309
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.22 lbs
Pages:pp. 199, Figures, 31 Plates, Map, Index, References, Notes, Biblio.

The Title "The Abode of Mahashiva Cults and Symbology in Jaunsar-Bawar in the Mid-Himalayas 1st Edition" is written by Madhu Jain. This book was published in the year 1995. The ISBN number 8173870306|9788173870309 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. 199 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Indus Publishing Company. We have about 334 other great books from this publisher. The Abode of Mahashiva Cults and Symbology in Jaunsar-Bawar in the Mid-Himalayas 1st Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

The geographical area demarcated by the Satluj on the west and the Jamuna on the east has through the centuries been associated with Mahasu devta-the dialectal distortion of the Mahashiva. It is a wild and feared terrain of the Himalayas, where not only the Geography is very tough, but also there are innumerable practices of black magic, sorcery and witchcraft associated with the folk-traditions of the area. Because of these fears, this area has remained little known to the outside world and it is the first time that a comprehensive religio-artistic study of the mysterious cults of this region has been accomplished.

Although for the convenience of definition, this area is designated as Jaunsar-Bawar, it culturally extends far beyond its present administrative limits to the adjoining areas of Himachal Pradesh, and can most aptly be called "The Abode of Mahashiva', for, Shiva reigns supreme here in his innumerable ambivalent manifestations.

In the present study, the cultic manifestations of Mahashiva with its complex structure of symbology have been discovered and analysed in a broader spatio-temporal format. Besides this, other cults, antiquated and living, have also been critically studied.

It is hoped that the present study will go a long way in enhancing our knowledge about the cultural traditions of this remote central Himalayan segment and significantly contribute towards the better understanding of the people of this region and their socio-cultural traditions in a more objective manner. This Book is the first ever work on the religio-cultural systems and their aesthetic manifestations. It is hoped that it will pave way for further research on this region in the coming days.

About the Author

Madhu Jain Jain, a first-class first in M.A. (Drawing & Painting) from Meerut University (1981), did her Ph.D. in the field of arts on "Basohali Shaili main Lok-tattva (1984) and D.Litt. in a multi-disciplinary problem of Jaunsar-Bawar area of Dehradun district in Uttar Pradesh on "Tribal Symbolism in Shiva Cult of Jaunsar Bawar Area' from Agra University in 1993.

She has been a fellow of University Grants Commission during 1987-1989. During that period she studied extensively the artistic and religious traditions of the people of Uttrakhand region. During the course of her field work, she had traveled extensively in the interiors in Uttarakhand and the adjoining area of Himachal Pradesh several times to acquire first-hand in-depth knowledge of the folk traditions, creativity and cultic beliefs of the people.

Besides having published many articles and papers in various research journals and magazines and delivered lectures on Painting in many fora, she is an accomplished painter and specializes in miniature painting. She has already held exhibitions of her works at several places and won award for her outstanding work in the All India Art Exhibition at Shimla in 1989.

Dr. Madhu Jain has been teaching at M.L. & J.N.K. Girls Postgraduate College at Saharanpur as a Senior Lecturer in Drawing & Painting for the last twelve years.