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Eck does much to counter this by presenting darsan as the link between the visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan. Many Hindus make long pilgrimages or are eager to attend important festivals and ceremonies to see the deity and receive darshan (Eck: 3–7). For many. Darshan Eck is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Darshan Eck and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the.

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Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok.

Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: Also, now I just want to go to India.

While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated darsyan it was amazing.

What Is Darshan?

It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper.

That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool. Return to Book Page. Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some re This book was OK. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

PaperbackThird97 pages. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers.


Refresh and try again. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction darshqn Hindu traditions of worship. Overall, the writing was good too. Sep 11, Dani added it.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

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Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Sep 22, Jingjing Darxhan rated it liked it Shelves: An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner.

Kay Browning rated it really liked it. The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images have been laden with misperceptions. My favorite quote from it: Jul 29, Rose Be darshzn it Shelves: Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read.

Informative but dull, monotonous book.