SACRED HINDU SYMBOLS

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Gautam Chatterjee

Photographs:
Sanjoy Chatterjee

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Sacred Hindu Symbols
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • List of Photographs 11
  • Signs and Symptoms of Hinduism 13
  • Sacred Hindu Scriptures: An Overview 15
  • The Hindu Pantheism 19
  • Sacred Animal Symbols 27
  • The Mysticism of Mantra 30
  • The Mystic Mantra 'Om' 33
  • The Sacred 'Gayatri' Mantra 36
  • The Sacred Swastika 38
  • Symbol of Temple Worship 41
  • The Symbolic Water and Sacred Rivers 44
  • Namaskar or Pranam: The Sacred Posture of Hindu Salutation 47
  • The Sacred Sikha 49
  • The Sivalinga: The Symbol, the Mystery 50
  • Tripundra: The Shaivite Tilaks 58
  • Salagram Shila 63
  • Urdhapundra: The Vaishnavite Tilaks 70
  • Sankha: The Sacred Conch 77
  • The Symbolism of Sacred Trees 81
  • Rudraksha: The Tears of Shiva 84
  • The Sacred Tulsi: Where Vishnu Resides 93
  • The Sacred Bilva Tree 98
  • The Sacred Vata Vriksha 100
  • The Sacred Peepal Tree 102
  • The Sacred Kadali Tree 104
  • Mango Tree 106
  • Betel Leaf or Pan 107
  • Durba Grass 109
  • Soma Plant 110
  • Sacred Karpura 111
  • Sacred Flowers 112
  • Select Bibliography 113
  • Index 116
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