With a foreword by Prof. Dr. Govind Chandra Pande;
xvii, 214p.+34 B/W Plts., Abb., Bib., Index, 25 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. Origin, Evolution and the Early Phase - Indus Valley and other Civilizations. 2. Early Vedic Fire Worship. 3. Developments during the Later Vedic Period. 4. Fire Worship in the Post-Vedic Literature. 5. Puranas and Fire Worship. 6. Fire Worship in Ancient Indian Art and Archaeology.
The fire has attracted the attention of mankind for adoration all over the world from the very beginning of human history. This book presents the history of Fire-Worship in Ancient India, tracing its origin, growth and development in the country. The main aim of the book has been to trace the successive phases of development of basic ideals, rituals and conceptions of Fire-Worship as reflected primarily in the Brahmanical literature of India. The non-Brahmanical literature, as well as the archaeological, iconographical and epigraphic evidences have been taken into account with a view to confirm and corroborate the data gleaned from the Brahmanic sources.