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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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Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. Probably the darshwn book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Kay Browning rated it really liked it.

Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in darshna religious context in Hinduism. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. No trivia or quizzes yet. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title.


Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. 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 dagshan a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan.

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the darzhan. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: 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.

Return to Book Page. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it.

I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. My favorite quote from it: Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, PaperbackThird97 pages.


I would give this a pass. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues.

I was raised protestant and so the idea of divine images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. Informative but dull, monotonous book.

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

I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Open Preview See a Problem?

Sep 11, Dani added it. In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many darsban I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Lists with This Book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it.