About the Book :
Hinduism has a rich cultural heritage spanning the past four thousand years or more. In this long epoch starting from the Vedic times and its evolution through spiritual and Puranic periods in a multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic settings, the religion had absorbed many changes and modifications to blossom into modern Hinduism. In this book, an attempt is made to bring out the symbolisms apparent or hidden in the ideas of Hindu mythology, rituals and cultural practices touching some visible parallel thoughts in modern science. Explaining the concept of God in India, the book discusses at length the Hindu mythology of earthly life, cultural advance, network of Hindu godheads, Vedic symbolism, rituals, iconography, marriage customs, temple culture, and music and dance.
About the Author :
The author of this book M.K.V. Narayan (75), a postgraduate in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur, is a retired executive of TATA STEEL (Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd., Jamshedpur). He has held responsible positions in both public and private sector industries in the field of productivity and quality management for over 40 years. He has served as corporate member in leading professional bodies such as IIIE (Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering), ORSI (Operations Research Society of India), and Indian Standards Institution, and held presiding offices. He was awarded the best paper medal at the World Productivity Congress, Bombay in 1973 for his paper published in the IIIE Journal. Narayan takes keen interest in studying and writing on Indic culture from the sociological angle. He has published many internet articles and a couple of books. He has deep appreciation for classical music.
Introduction -- Concept of God in India -- Mythology of the Earthly Life -- Mythology of the Cosmos -- Vedic Symbolism -- Rituals of the Orthodox Hindu -- Rituals of the Masses -- Rituals of the Aboriginal Tribes -- Hindu Iconography -- Marriage Customs of India -- Temple Culture -- Music and Dances of India -- Concluding Remarks