Parasol in India

K S Arjunwadkar arjunwadkar at MCMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 17 17:21:44 UTC 1999

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From:                   "N. Ganesan" <naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:                Parasol in India
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> Please help me with this question:
> In temples, a (white) parasol is held over the deity in procession
> (utsavam/ta. uurvalam) routinely. Kings are regularly described
> having a parasol while in court. Does this imagery of a king under
> parasol occur in late vedic texts? What about the epics?
> Thanks,
> N. Ganesan

This is one of the attributes of an officially annointed king. The
ultimate source of its history is the monumental History of
Dharmashaastra by Mm. P.V. Kane, in 8 volumes, published by
the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune (India).

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