Vedic Tantrism is a new edition of Rgvidhana which is the earliest Vedic manual of magic or magico religious rites and practices. Attributed to Saunaka it anticipated the later growth of Tantric ritualism while its real significance lies in simplification of complicated and burden some ceremonies treated in Srauta and Grhya Sutras in such a way that observances become easier in practice.
The first 1878 edition of this manual by Dr. Rudolf Meyer with Latin introduction was a remarkable scholarly achievement but bot without defects. The present edition has been prepared on the basis of fresh material made available by the discovery of hitherto unknown manuscripts.
About the Author:
Muralidhar Shrinivas Bhat has a brilliant academic record. He distinguished especially in sanskrit and Pali. After completing his university education he joined the office of the government Epigraphist for India at Oatacamund in 1953. In 1964 he gave up government service for lectureship in the newly instituted sanskrit department of the university of Bombay. In 1980 he became reader.Since 1982 he has been the head of the department.