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Title: Principles of Hindu Worship


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Principles of Hindu Worship
  • Images and Temples

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How is a Hindu temple distinct?
  • Appearance
  • Layout
  • Function
  • North and South styles

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Meaning of images
  • Seeing and being seen
  • Darsan
  • Power and merit transmitted through the gaze
  • Images, places, people
  • Give and take darsan
  • I am going for darsan

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Active, seeing deity
  • Deity allows self to be seen
  • sight here is more like touch
  • Kathenotheism
  • the worship of one god at a time

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Images and temples
  • Rise of Hindu iconic image with temple building
  • In east, central and south India from 8th c
    onwards
  • Development of sculptural technique outside
  • and elaboration of image inside
  • e.g. dancing Siva (Siva Nataraja)

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Image, thought and worship
  • Image is a way to stimulate
  • reflection
  • meditation
  • Image IS the deity
  • devotionalist Hinduism
  • god is like a person
  • devotee gives honor and pleasure to deity

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Silpashastras
  • Clear rules for the making of images
  • Ritual, not simply practical
  • Governs construction of temples also
  • mandala base
  • profusion of images on exterior
  • inside like a cave/womb

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Khajuraho
  • Of original 80 temples, 20 survive
  • Most famous
  • Kandariya Mahadeo
  • Siva

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