Hindu Samskaras


ISBN: 9788120804340

Author: Rajbali Pandey

Subject: Hinduism and Its Sources

Language: English

Binding: Paper Back

Pages: 327

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

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INR 445.00


About Book:

The Hindu Samskaras give expression to the aspirations and ideals of the Hindus. They aim at securing the welfare of the performer and developing his personality. They go back to a hoary antiquity. The Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Grhyasutras, the Dharmasutras, the Smrtis and other treatises describe the rites, ceremonies and customs here and there but they do not present them in their historical evolution.

The present work is a systematic study of all the Samskaras enjoined to be performed at the various epochs in the life of an individual from conception to crematorium. The author has cited parallels in other religions to show that they are universal and have a recognised place in ancient cultures and are still represented within the limits of modern religion. He has also shown that the sacramental beliefs and practices, far from being an irrational priestcraft, are consistent and logical and have practical utility and intention.

This work discusses the source, meaning, number, purpose and the constituents of Samskaras grouped under five heads: prenatal, natal, educational, nuptial and funeral. Besides being a landmark in Hindu culture, it presents patterns of life based on high ethical, spiritual and humanistic values.

About Author:

Raj Bali Pandey was born 7 May, 1907 in Village Karauni, Rudrapur (U.P.). He was an Indian writer and author who authored several books on the Socio-Religious study of the Hindu sacraments and Vedas. Dr Raj Bali Pandey started his career as editor of Kalyan, he got appointment in Banaras Hindu University by Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. He got promoted as Reader by the Vice-Chancellor Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was appointed as Head Principal, due to political pressure he left the B H U and joined Rani Durgavati University as Professor and Head. He became the Vice-Chancellor of Jabalpur University.