The Asuras belong to one of the primitive tribes of
the country, who contributed a lot for the development of our culture and
civilization. The authors of our ancient literature do not seem to have done justice
to them, rather instead of recognizing their merits have tried to mutilate branding
them as uncouth in form and savage in habit and so on and so forth. It may be due
to the fact that the Asuras had a distinct way of life of their own, which was
different from the Aryans a such they used to clash. Due to such cultural conflict.
Sometimes the Aryans had to bow down but in the long run the Asuras had to
admit defeat no doubt. Though conqused physically, the Asuras used to conquer
The present monograph on Mahisasura deals with the study of
the culture of the Asuras in general and Mahisasura in particular as a
representative of the tribe, which is still alive in India uptil now. The work not
simply accepts the materials for study from the library works but also from such
sources like archaeology, anthropology, sociology, sculpture and the like to
present a balanced view on them. Besides studying the origin and development
of the Asuras, in general from various sources, the myths relating to Mahisasura,
his genesis and his conflict with the Vedic gods leading to his defeat and
discomfiture in the hands of the Goddess who combines the energies of the
Gods, but who had clearcut pre-Aryan affiliation are properly studied. Due to
assimilation of cultures, our popular faiths and beliefs record the adoration of
Mahisasura along with the mother Goddess Durga in Navaratra festival. The
position of Mahisasura in fold beliefs and practices are also given due
recognition. Our sculptors and the authors of the treatises on iconography have
never neglected him. Rather the image of Mahisasura is invariably enjoyed to be
sculptured alongwith the Goddess duly engraved stones and other materials
since hoary past. It is hoped that the work would throw new light on the rich cultural
background of the Asuras in general and Mahisasura in Particular.
About the Author
Sri U. N. Dhal had his MA, B.Ed. and PhD
from the Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and teaches in the P.G. Department of
Sanskrit, Utkal University on Epics and the Puranas, Indian Culture and religion.
The topic of his research was "Goddess Lakshmi: Origin and Development"
Apart from being associated with learned organizations like All India Oriental
Conference, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute etc. he uses to attend
various conferences, seminars/ Symposium of both national and international and
contributes papers for discussions. Thus he has got a large number of papers
published in various journals of the country and different prestigious volumes etc.
as well. His published works include Goddess Lakshmi: Origin and Development,
The Glory that was Virajaksetra Ekamra Purana. Besides he has certain other
unpublished works which await publication. Presently he is working on the
Studies in the Ekamra Purana.
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