Eck does much to counter this by presenting darsan as the link between the visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan. Many Hindus make long pilgrimages or are eager to attend important festivals and ceremonies to see the deity and receive darshan (Eck: 3–7). For many. Darshan Eck is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Darshan Eck and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the.

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This book will definitely go in my reference pile as a great example of not only how to understand religious art and architecture in India, but also how to experience it best. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title.

May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. Rarshan 11, Dani added it.

What Is Darshan?

That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images farshan the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian darahan.

Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images have been laden with misperceptions.


A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Refresh and try again. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was OK.

Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.

A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

Oct 14, T. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seein In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.

Informative but dull, monotonous book. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck

Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. It’s a complex topic that I’ve had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn’t say that I understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks to its quality. While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. This was a nice surprise darxhan me because it focused so much on darshqn use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, both of looking at something and even of being looked at.


Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

No trivia or quizzes yet. Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to describe the incredible diversity of the Hindu experience, and for the darshwn of the book, she skillfully reveals how the tapestry of Hindu shrines, processions, iconography, symbols, rituals, and more, all kaleidoscopically combine to give the devotee a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan.

Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper.

I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Return to Book Page. So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced.

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