A woman praying at a Birla Temple in the 1940s. Puranic Hinduism, recorded in the Puranas, is a post-Vedic development. It registers differences apart from the prominent deities, in the forms of worship, as in the building of temples and the worship of icons.
Excerpted from Romila Thapar’s Voices of Dissent: An Essay, published by Seagull Books, 2020.
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Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds an Hon D.Litt each from Calcutta University, Oxford University and the University of Chicago. In 2008, Professor Thapar was awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize of the US Library of Congress.