This book is the earliest pioneering effort at tracing the historical origins of such major religious systems as Vaisnavism and Saivism. Upon locating the sources of Vaisnavism and Saivism within the Vedic literature, Bhandarkar thereby moves on in studying the sects, and their theologies which both the Vaisnavites and Saivites gave rise to. In addition to Vaisnavism and Saivism, Bhandarkar also has made a thorough study of such minor sectsas the Saktas, Ganapatyas, and Sauras. The book contains a wealth of information, and the study of it will be an enriching experience to those who are desirous of delving deep in the ancient culture and religions of India.
About the Author:
RAMAKRISHNA GOPAL BHANDARKAR, the orientalist and social reformer, Prof. of Sanskrit, has contributed largely to the journals and transactions of learned societies on philological and antiquarian subjects and edited the text of Malati-Madhava and Early History of the Deccan.