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Title: Hayagriva in South India: Complexity and Selectivity of a Pan-Indian Hindu Deity
Author: Nayar, Kamala Elizabeth
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2004
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004137301
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 260
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This book is about how mythology may be purposively adapted in the service of theology. It does so at the hand of Hayagriva, since the 14th century C.E. revered as a full form of the Supreme Lord Vishnu in the local Srivaisnava tradition of South India, but originally a relatively minor pan-Indian deity.Convincingly laying bare the complexity in respect of the pan-Indian images of Hayagriva, it makes clear that there is no single unilinear history of this deity. It subsequently reconstructs the 'Srinivaisnava History' of Hayagriva, and brings out the selectivity involved in borrowing materials from the pan-Indian and local levels.Amidst the incredible complexity encountered here, this study exposes, however, that the emblems and functions of different images show continuity, although a god's status may change according to the sect.