HINDUISM

Hinduism through Art

 

 

Hinduism has no historical founder, yet it has a vast array of gods, whose deeds and attributes are recounted in holy texts, some dating back 4000 years. These have inspired artists, sculptors and temple builders in India, where art and religion have always been inseparable.

By studying the 30 images in this 66 page pdf document, students can become familiar with the historic background within which the religion has evolved.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Part 1 — ORIGINS DATE BACK MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS

Part 2 — EXPRESSION OF AN INNER MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE

Part 3 — THE TRINITY PERSONIFYING GOVERNING FORCES

Part 4 — ‘ALL-PERVADING’ ENERGY OF LORD VISHNU

Part 5 — SHIVA, PRESIDING OVER CHANGE IN THE UNIVERSE

Part 6 — ELEPHANT-HEADED GANESH, MOST LOVED SON OF SHIVA

Part 7 — HINDUISM IN THE DAILY LIFE OF INDIA

Part 8 — THE ROLE OF THE TEMPLE

COSMIC MANDALA showing in diagrammatic form the Hindu vision of the universe

MAP

Part 9 — TEACHING AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Part 10 — LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
Varaha, the Boar, rescuing Bhu Devi
Arjuna, portrayed by a Kathakali dancer
Lord Rama
Shiva
Shiva Vishapaharana
Lakshmi
Lord Krishna
A Hindu Maharajah, Jagat Sing l
Krishna and Arjuna going to war
Pandits meditating
Vishnu Narayana
Saraswati
Garuda, vehicle of Lord Vishnu
Ceremony of worshipping Lakshmi
Krishna with Radha
Krishna as Varaha the Boar
Shiva with four arms
Festival worshipping Gangaur
Durga
Image of Durga at her October festival
Ganesh
Model of Ganesh carried in procession
Divali, Festival of Lights
Child bridegroom
Hanuman
Hanuman surrounded by his monkey army
Celebration in a temple, Rajasthan
Krishna temple, Vijayanagar
Shore Temple dedicated to Shiva
Temple dedicated to Swaminarayan, London

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