Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR) has organised a second online History Hour programme on October 22 at 6 pm wherein Dr Rohit Phalgaonkar will speak on ‘An introduction to Goan Hindu iconography’ on the online platform Zoom. The direct link to the talk: http://bitly.ws/abLi and Zoom meeting ID - 915 3545 5388, informs Anderson Fernandes SJ, the administrator at XCHR. Dr Phalgaonkar, an avid enthusiast of ancient Indian history has a PhD in History with the topic ‘History of Goa’s Religion-Cultural Past: A Study based on Iconography (AD 4 –AD 1600)’.
According to Dr Phalgaonkar, every Hindu sculpture has a specific description. They are carved or cast according to this description. It provides the key identifying features of these sculptures. These include poses called asanas, weapons called aayudhs, hand gestures called mudras, hairdos, crowns. This is entirely based on ancient scriptures. This study is termed as iconography while the texts which describe them are called iconographical texts.