Diana L. Eck, a professor of religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, wrote Darsan, Seeing the Divine. Image in India, to reveal the visuality of Hinduism. Darsan Seeing the Divine Image in India. By Diana L. Eck. A brief but poignant overview of the importance of this spiritual practice in India. Eck DL. Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India. Columbia Unversity Press, Third Edition.;

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This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was dinaa. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

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Open Preview See a Problem? This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.

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

Overall, the writing was good too. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Eck Limited preview – Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

Return to Book Page. 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 rest 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.


In exploring the nature of the divine image, this book not only considers the images of the gods, but also the Hindu temple and the Hindu place of pilgrimage. Books by Diana L. 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.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. What do Hindus see in the images of the gods? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. No eBook available Amazon.

I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me. I would give this a pass. May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: My favorite quote from it: 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.

That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool. This was a nice surprise for me because it focused so much on the use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, both of looking at something and even of being looked at.


B The Visible India. Image Dians and Pilgrimage. A clear and enjoyable introduction ekc Hinduism.

Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some re This book was OK. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing.

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Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Seeing the Divine Image in India.

While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Djana to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Eck Motilal Banarsidass Publishe- pages 0 Reviews https: Eck No preview available – Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: