Narmadāpradakṣiṇā [article]

Jürgen Neuß, Universitätsbibliothek Der FU Berlin, Universitätsbibliothek Der FU Berlin
The Narmadapradaksina is a Hindu pilgrimage which comprises the complete circumambulation of the Narmada river. The present work assembles all important Sanskrit source texts (Narmadamahatmya/Revakhanda) which constitute the textual basis for this rite and investigates their historical development which in turn allows for conclusions about the historical spread of Hinduism in the Narmada valley. Following a brief general introduction, the first part of the book comprises a text-historical
more » ... igation of the sanskritic lore, the so-called Narmadamahatmya genre. The second part represents a comparative translation of two modern pilgrim's handbooks in Hindi, which enable us to link the mythological place names of the Sanskrit texts with actual geographical locations. Part three consists of a comprehensive synoptic edition of all available Sanskrit source texts, including a complete re- edition of a largely unknown version of the Revakhanda. Part four summarizes the manyfold findings and results of the present study in maps.
doi:10.17169/refubium-13269 fatcat:6qwb5gviejcndihekjkq7hrk7i