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Publication of the 3rd volume of the Sūkṣmāgama
23 AVRIL 18
Sūkṣmāgama. Volume III. Chapters 54 to 85.
Critical edition: S. Sambandhaśivācārya, B. Dagens, M.-L. Barazer-Billoret and T. Ganesan with the collaboration of J.-M. Creisméas
, Collection Indologie n° 114.3, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2018, cxcviii, 348 p.
Language: Sanskrit, English. 1200 Rs (52 €). ISBN: 978-81-8470-218-7 (IFP) / 978-2-85539-224-0 (EFEO).

This third volume of the Sūkṣmāgama critical edition contains descriptions of a variety of rites and ceremonies concerning Śiva and the Goddess and for the welfare of the society. Many of them are in the form of installations of a Śivaliṅga, of the image of the Goddess and of the provisional temple. Others include festivals such as the collecting of pearls from the sea, the chariot festival, the offering of a golden crown to the Liṅga, the installation of the temple kitchen, tank, well and of the monastery. The performance of atonement rites in order to make up for omissions in various rites, the installation of Nāgas and that of the altars inside the temple for bali-offering are also treated in detail.

This volume has been prepared and published with the financial assistance from Sri Sambamurthy Sivacharyar Foundation, Chennai and Sadyojat Samskrita Prakashan, Cuddalore.

The editors:

S. Sambandhaśivācārya has been working in the French Institute of Pondicherry since 1969 in the project of critically editing the Śaivāgamas. Coming from a family of temple priests, well-versed in the domain of temple rituals and with a long experience in reading various ancient scripts, he has made significant contributions to the first critical editions of Āgama-s such as the Mataṅgapārameśvara, Sārdhatriśatikālottara, Rauravottara, Ajita and Dīptāgama.

Bruno Dagens (Professor emeritus, Université Paris-III Sorbonne nouvelle, member of UMR 7528 and associated researcher at the IFP), has translated the Mayamata and authored several studies about Indian tradition in South and Southeast Asia.

Marie-Luce Barazer-Billoret (Senior lecturer, Université Paris-III Sorbonne nouvelle, member of UMR 7528 and associated researcher at the IFP), is specialist of Southern Śaivism; she has authored several articles and co-authored the translation of the Rauravāgama, the critical edition of the Dīptāgama and a book on Śiva.

T. Ganesan has been working as a Senior Researcher in the French Institute of Pondicherry since 1985. Under his current research project “A Comprehensive History of Śaivasiddhānta in Tamilnadu”, he has published a monograph entitled Two Śaiva Teachers of the sixteenth century. Nigamajñāna I and his disciple Nigamajñāna II. He also has published a first critical edition of the Varuṇapaddhati, an ancient Śaiva text, along with the unpublished commentary of Nigamajñāna II. He has authored several articles on Śaivism in general and on the Śaivasiddhānta.

Jean-Michel Creisméas was awarded his doctorate in 2015 by the Université Paris III – Sorbonne nouvelle for his thesis “The Yoga of Mataṅgapārameśvaratantra in the light of the commentary of Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇṭha”.