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Item Code: NAO653
Author: Dharmaraj Adat, Vikas S. Khatri
Publisher: Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9788177024036
Pages: 332
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 530 gm
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About the Book

As the title of the book suggests, the 33 articles included in this volume address various aspects of Indian cultural, philosophical and historical traditions epitomized mainly in Sanskrit language and literature. Today in our social life communalism, fanaticism and terrorism have been growing to an awful condition and consequently human values and reforms caused by renaissance are facing serious challenges. This situation breeds caste, creed, sex discriminations and contests, which are being strengthened by artificial religious symbols, rites and ceremonies. This hideous state of affairs is getting ready even to swallow the cultural heritage of India. So it is our prime duty to project Indian cultural heritage in its original splendor and greatness. These articles take this task in a humble way. An attempt is made in them to depart from the traditional way of approach with a rational outlook.

About the Author

Dr. Dharma raj Adat (1957) son of late Sree P.K.Kunjunny and Smt. N.K.Madhavi took Masters Degree in Sanskrit from University of Calicut (1980). He also took PhD Degree in Sanskrit from the same University (1986). He is in the field of Teaching and Research for more than 30 years. He has authored 36 books and a number of research articles in various research journals. He has presented papers in National and Inter-national Conferences in various Universities in and outside the country. He has won several Literary Awards for his academic achievements. He has produced several Doctorates and M.Phil Degree holders in the field of Sanskrit. He was the former Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit (Sahitya), Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. He has also served as the Member Syndicate of the University and the Secretary of V.T.Memmorial Trust, Angamaly, State Council Member of Kerala State Library Council and the Senate member of Calicut University. Now he is holding the positions like Member Syndicate and Academic Council Member of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Nodel Officer for Strengthening of Sanskrit Education in Kerala State, State Council Member of Kerala Higher Education Council, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady and Office bearer of several Cultural Organizations in Kerala.

Dr. Reeja B. Kavanal (1961) daughter of Dr. Bhas Kavanal and Smt. Chandramathy A.G took her Master’s Degree (1983) in Sanskrit from Govt. Sanskrit College, Trippunithura, Eranakulam (University of Kerala) and PhD (1992) in Sanskrit under the guidance of Dr. C. Rajendran from University of Calicut. She is in the field of teaching and research for more than twenty-five years. She has produced several Doctorates and M.Phil Degree holders in the field of Sanskrit. She has presented papers in several National and International Seminars in various Universities. She has published several research papers in various Research Journals and a book Sree Krishna Vijaya of Sankarakavi: A Critical Study (2003). She has also edited and published another book The Role of Sanskrit Literature in Indian Renaissance (2016). At present she is working as Professor of Sanskrit Sahitya, at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala.


All of the papers compiled here were originally presented at various National and International Seminars. Many of them, subsequently, were also published in Journals like Calicut University Research Journal, Purnatrayi, Malayalam Literary Survey, Dhimahi and Journal of Mythical Society. As the title of the book suggests, the papers address various aspects of Indian cultural, philosophical and historical traditions epitomized mainly in Sanskrit language and literature. An attempt is made in them to depart from the traditional way of approach with a rational outlook.

We shall consider ourselves to be amply rewarded if this book is of some use to people who are genuinely interested in India's cultural legacy.


  Preface (v)
1 History and Historical Sense in Ancient India 1
2 Formation of Kerala and its Socio-Economic Renaissance as Depicted in Keralodaya  16
3 Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi : A pioneer of Kerala Renaissance 26
4 Sanskritisation and Kerala Renaissance 40
5 The Interpretation of Parasurama Myth in Keralodaya 47
6 Theory of Incarnation and the Legend of Rama 55
7 The Concept of Dharma and the Incarnation of Rama  66
8 The Myth of Kumbhakarna : A Rethinking 82
9 Women Characters in the Mahabharata with Special Reference to Kunthi, Draupadi and Gandhari 90
10 Rigvedic Tradition and the Evalution of Krishna Myth 99
11 Bhakti-The Mission of Bhagavadgita 118
12 Gathasapthasathi of Satavahana Hala 130
13 Srikrishnavijaya of Sanskarakavi 138
14 Bhakti in Srikrishnavijaya 142
15 Narayaniya of Melputhur Narayanabhatta : Source and Deviations 152
16 Indian Feudalism and the Concept of Kavya 159
17 The Concept of Alamkaras in Sanskrit 167
18 Kalidasa and Indian Varna System 176
19 Influence of Natyasasthra in the Dramas of Kalidasa 188
20 Kalidasa- The Worshipper of Nature: A View Through Meghadutha 195
21 Sri Sankara and Sri Narayana Philosophies and the Philosophy 209
22 Bauddha-Sanskara-Narayana Philosophies and Advaitha Tradition if India 218
23 The Interpretation of Rigvedamanthra 'Ekamsath viprah bhahudha vadanthi' and the Perspective of Sanskara 218
24 Rigvedic Cosmology 224
25 The Concept of Brahman in Rigveda and Early Upanishads 235
26 Yukthi or Rational Thinking in India Medical Science 247
27 Is Charvaka Epistomology Restricted to Prathyksha-A Critique 251
28 Bhuthavada- Ancient Indian's Explanation of Man, Society and Enviornment 257
29 The Philosophical Foundation of Ayurveda 270
30 Anatomical References in Sangeetharatnakara 282
31 Lokayathadarsanam- The Indian Materialism 288
32 Sanskrit Renderings of Malayalam Poems 304
33, Preparation of Perfumes and Cosmetics in Bruhatsamhita 311

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