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Abhinavagupta

David Lawrence

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Abhinavagupta Introduction The polymathic Abhinavagupta (c. 950–1020 ce) was a pivotal figure in the histories of Hindu scholastic philosop...

Aesthetics

Timothy Cahill

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-09-29

Aesthetics Introduction The most successful attempt to frame a unified aesthetic for South Asia centers on the term rasa, used most extensivel...

Āḻvār

Archana Venkatesan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Āḻvār Introduction Āḻvār refers to a group of twelve Vaishnava poet-saints from Tamil-speaking South India who lived between the 6th an...

Amar Chitra Katha

Karline McLain

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Amar Chitra Katha Introduction Amar Chitra Katha is India’s first and most beloved comic book series. Founded by Anant Pai in 1967, it is also ...

Āṇṭāḷ

Archana Venkatesan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Āṇṭāḷ Introduction Āṇṭāḷ is the epithet of the 9th-century Tamil female Vaishnava poet named Kōtai. She is the author of two major mystical po...

Architecture

Adam Hardy

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Architecture Introduction Even without considering the vexed question of defining Hinduism, to define “Hindu architecture” is problematic becau...

Ardhanārīśvara

Ellen Goldberg

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Ardhanārīśvara Introduction As the androgynous aspect par excellence of the great pan-Indian god Śiva, Ardhanārīśvara (“the lord who is half w...

Artha and Arthaśāstra

Timothy Lubin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Artha and Arthaśāstra Introduction The term artha has a wide range of meanings in Sanskrit—aim, purpose, motive; object; goods, wealth; int...

Āśrama

Timothy Lubin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

ĀśramaIntroductionThe concept of āśrama is one of the most often cited features of Hindu doctrine on how one should live one’s life. According to the ...

Astrology

Martin Gansten

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Astrology Introduction The Indian “science of [celestial] lights” (jyotiḥśāstra; also jyotiṣa, jyautiṣa) is composed of gaṇita (calculation) a...

Astronomy and Mathematics

Kim Plofker

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Astronomy and MathematicsIntroduction“Astronomy” and “mathematics” are names of sciences in the Western intellectual tradition that have no exact coun...

Atharva Veda

Carlos Lopez

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-11-21

Atharva Veda Introduction The Atharva Veda (or Atharvaveda, AV), the fourth Vedic collection and the second oldest Indian text, is distinguish...

Avatāra

Tracy Coleman

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Avatāra Introduction The term avatāra is derived from the Sanskrit ava√tṝ cross down or descend, thus commonly referring to a god’s “descent”...

Bengal and Surrounding Areas, Hinduism in

Rebecca Manring

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Hinduism in Bengal and Surrounding Areas Introduction Bengal constitutes the geographic region bounded on the north by the Himalayan range and...

Bhagavad Gita

Simon Brodbeck

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Bhagavad Gita Introduction The Bhagavad Gita is one of the supreme works of Sanskrit and indeed of all world literature. It is the most well-...

Bhairava

Elizabeth Chalier-Visuvalingam

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Bhairava Introduction Bhairava, literally “the terrifying,” hence the god of terror, has intrigued students of South Asian religion because of...

Bhakti

Tracy Coleman

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Bhakti Introduction The Sanskrit term “bhakti” is generally translated as “devotion” and refers to a variety of Hindu traditions in which dev...

Bhārat Mātā

Sumathi Ramaswamy

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Bhārat Mātā Introduction Bhārat Mātā (a Sanskrit phrase that literally translates as “India Mother”) is also widely known across India as “Mot...

Caitanya

Tony K. Stewart

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-06-30

Caitanya Introduction The biographical tradition dedicated to the Hindu god-man Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (or Krishna Chaitanya, born Viśvambhara Miśra, ...

Caste

Christophe Jaffrelot

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Caste Introduction Caste is one of the key concepts of Indian civilization. It gives the civilization most of its sociocultural distinctiveness...