Vishnu-Lakshmi is a book about the premier deities of Hinduism, the husband-wife team of Vishnu and Lakshmi. The book traces the evolution of Vishnu and Lakshmi in the Vedas, the epics and the Puranas. The ten incarnations or avataras of Vishnu are delineated in detail. The iconographic representation of Vishnu and Lakshmi, the legends associated with their lives, the emergence of Sri Lakshmi, and the marriage of Vishnu and Laksmi are dealt with extensively. The tales of Lakshmi in the incarnations of Vishnu and her many aspects and dwelling places are also detailed. The temples and the worship of Vishnu-Lakshmi, their devotees etc. lend interesting sidelights to the cult of Vishnu-Lakshmi.
About the Author:
ASHISH KHOKAR is a well-known writer and commentator on the arts and crafts; culture and civilization; religion and spirituality of India. He has been a critic for the Times of India, columnist for several magazines, a TV personality and editor of Attendance, India's year-book on dance. He is based in Bangalore and Chennai.DR. SARASWATI SWAMINATHAN has a rich and variegated experience of the philosophy, culture and the arts of India. She has been a lecturer of Philosophy at Mumbai University and has conducted field studies and documented several performing arts traditions. She is also an archivist of repute for cultural material.