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Now, an encyclopaedia on Hanuman

Samagra Hanumat Darshan - a collection of over 500 rare photographs of Lord Hanuman - was released in Lucknow recently.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 15:15 IST

A visual encyclopaedia on Lord Hanuman, probably the world's first, has been released in the Uttar Pradesh capital.

The tome titled Samagra Hanumat Darshan (Visual Encyclopaedia of Lord Hanuman), released last night, is an impressive collection of about 500 rare photographs of Lord Hanuman interspersed with mythological tales.

Compiled by city-based publisher Sunil Gomber, who did extensive research on the Monkey God for several years, the book was released by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) managing director Avnish Kumar Awasthi.

The rare and enchanting images and literature on Lord Hanuman have been sourced from several channels including museums, temples, books and paintings.

"Apart from India, several of the photographs pertain to ancient temples in Cambodia, Indonesia and Mauritius," Mr Gomber said.

Priced at Rs 695, the 248-page bi-lingual (English and Hindi) book has been published on matte finish and is being touted as a 'collector's item'.

"The tome details the legend, Lord Hanuman, who is reverred by millions around the world," he said, adding that it took him almost two years to complete his work .

Meanwhile, a quarterly magazine Hanumat Kripa Sandesh devoted to Lord Hanuman was also launched at the function.

"It is the only fourth magazine in the world exclusively on Lord Hanuman," Mr Gomber added.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 15:12 IST