|Publisher:||Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers|
|No. of Pages:||165|
About the Book :
Trees and plants play an important part in the myths and customs of India. Many are considered holy, often for reasons that are lost in the mists of antiquity—they are associated and identified with Gods, planets, months, etc.—certain plants are used as protection against witchcraft and the evil eye—some plants bring luck and are offered in the temples—and others play an important part in other religious rites.
These traditions and myths form an important aspect of the Indian’s mental background and Dr. Gupta, has performed a most useful service in bringing together all those are known on these subjects from the older Indian literature to modern research. The author discusses the forty-five most important trees and plants and describes the myths and customs connected with each. Specimens of Indian sculpture illustrating the various myths are reproduced on numerous plates.
About the Author :
Dr. Shakti M. Gupta is an established writer on Hindu mythology. She has published a large number of books, Vishnu and His Incarnations; Legends around Shiva; Surya, the Sun God; Karttikeya, the Son of Shiva; From Daityas to Devatas in Hindu Mythology; and a comprehensive volume on Festivals, Fairs and Fasts of India. Her most recent book Plants in Indian Temple Arts is a survey of plants sculptured on Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina temples.
A Botanist by profession Dr. Gupta did her Ph. D. in botany from the University of Delhi and another Ph. D. from the Faculty of Oriental Archaeology, Martin Luther University, Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.