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Beyond sin and virtue, beyond joy and sorrow, beyond scripture, ritual and pilgrimage, and beyond familiar experience. This is Shiva, in essence. Once feared as the capricious and terrifying Rudra, Shiva, the most ‘un-Brahmanic’ of gods, has traditionally been shunned by orthodox Vedic religion. Although the Shiva we recognize today retains much of his original contrarian nature, he is firmly ensconced in popular imagination as the awe-inspiring Mahadeva, supreme lord of the universe. In a unique attempt to explore the varied planes of thought and belief that Shiva has represented over millennia, Nilima Chitgopekar imaginatively recreates the defining moments of the great god’s life through the eyes of his most intimate mythological companions. Vishnu, Sati, Daksha, Parvati and Ganesha take turns to praise, criticize, explain, complain, sermonize and rationalize—and through the prism of what they choose to reveal of the Shiva they know, there emerges the vision of a god who assimilates in his person the most extreme contradictions. For Shiva is as reclusive as he is accessible, as loved as he is feared, and as fallible as he is divine. As the author traces the diverse threads of history, philosophy, anthropology and faith that have coalesced to create this intriguing deity, she uncovers the deeper truth about Shiva’s unmatched appeal—a credo of simple devotion to a unified godhead, one that reflects the eclecticism and humanity that form the very core of Hindu thought.

Specifications of Rudra: The Idea of Shiva (English) (indian)

Author Chitgopekar, Nilima
Book Details
Publication Year 2007
ISBN-13 9780143103417
ISBN-10 0143103415
Language English
Edition 01
Binding indian
Weight 181 g
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Gaurav Saria
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Three cheers for Nilima

Rarely have i encountered such a beautiful style of writing. She is a well read author with well researched opinions on Indian mythology. This book has been a turning point in my quest for understanding the Mahadev.

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    Book: Rudra: The Idea of Shiva (English) by Chitgopekar, Nilima
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