The present book Vajrayana Buddhist Centres in South India is the first of its kind which deals comprehensively with the history of Buddhism in South India and the concentration of Vajrayana Buddhist centres. The author places before scholars a dis-passionate account of the Vajrayana Buddhist centres, with their historical background and the emergence of various deities with the relevant sadhanas, besides the probable beginnings of Vajrayana Buddhism in South India.The book contains new interpretations, besides reporting fresh discoveries and particularly the various factors that prompted to the emergence of the concept of pancha Buddha or Panch Vira cult from the Brahmanical and Buddhist origins. The new theories cause a flutter among the scholars and generate new thoughts on the subject. The acceptability or otherwise of the ideas putforth by the author is left with humility, to the scholarly world.
About the Author:
DR. B.SUBRAHMANYAM actively participated in explorations, major excavations and the transplantation of temples. Presently, he is working as Assistant Director (Technical) and looking after the Excavations Branch in the Dept.of Archaeology and Museums, Hyderabad. He has contributed a good number of research papers to various reputed journals and he authored several books. Currently he is busily involved in publishing books on Buddhism and its various facets in Andhra Pradesh.