Tirtha Patas

Bradley Clough clough at BARD.EDU
Wed Dec 11 10:23:17 EST 2002


Dear Joerg and All:
        I would recommend contacting Professor Rana P.B. Singh of Banaras
Hindu University. To my mind he is the leading scholar on pilgrimages
in Banaras and things related to them. His e-mail is
ranapbs at satyam,net.in
        By way of introduction, feel free to mention my name and say that I
recommended him to you.
        Best of luck with your research.

Best Wishes,
Brad Clough

clough at bard.edu


On Wednesday, December 11, 2002, at 07:36 AM, Joerg Gengnagel wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
>
> working on historical pilgrim maps of Banaras I have studied two rare
> pictorial
> maps of the 18th and early 19th century.
> I have found a few references to Tirtha Patas as "sacred hangings"
> painted on
> cloth in order to have darshana of tirthas for those who are unable to
> travel.
> These references are all found in the context of Jaina ritual. I would
> be
> greatful for any further information about the practice of producing
> Tirtha
> Patas in the context of tirthayatra.
>
> Best,
>
> Joerg Gengnagel
> South Asia Institute, Heidelberg



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