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Dr. Nina Mirnig


Mirnig, N., Coningham, R., Acharya, K. P., Simpson, I. A., Davis, C. E., Kunwar, R. B., Weise, K., Joshi, A., & Kinnaird, K. (2021). The Kasthamandap and its Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Sequence. Publication of the Kasthamandap Reconstruction Committee, Kathmandu.

Mirnig, N. (2020). Adapting Śaiva Tantric Initiation for Exoteric Circles: The Lokadharmiṇī Dīkṣā and Its History in Early Medieval Sources. In D. Goodall, S. Hatley, H. Isaacson, & S. Raman (Eds.), Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions: Essays in Honour of Alexis Sanderson (pp. 249–282). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004432802_013




Mirnig, N. (2019). ‘Rudras on Earth’ on the eve of the Tantric Age: The Śivadharmaśāstra and the making of Śaiva lay and initiatory communities. In N. Mirnig, M. Rastelli, & V. Eltschinger (Eds.), Tantric Communities in Context (pp. 471–510). Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW). Sitzungsberichte / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse Vol. 899 Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens Vol. 99

Mirnig, N., Rastelli, M., & Eltschinger, V. (Eds.) (2019). Tantric Communities in Context. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW). Sitzungsberichte / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse Vol. 899 Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens Vol. 99

Mirnig, N. (2019). Liberating the Liberated: Early Śaiva Tantric Death Rites. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW). Sitzungsberichte / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse Vol. 894 Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens Vol. 96



Mirnig, N., & De Simini, F. (2017). Umā and Śiva’s Playful Talks in Detail (Lalitavistara): On the Production of Śaiva Works and their Manuscripts in Medieval Nepal. Studies on the Śivadharma and the Mahābhārata 1. In V. Vergiani, D. Cuneo, & C. A. Formigatti (Eds.), Indic Manuscript Cultures through the Ages: Material, Textual and Historical Investigations (pp. 587-653). De Gruyter.



Mirnig, N. (2015). Hungry Ghost or Divine Soul? Post-Mortem Initiation in Medieval Śaiva Tantric Death Rites. In P. Berger, & J. Kroesen (Eds.), Ultimate Ambiguities: Investigating Death and Liminality [8] Berghahn Books.

Of cakras, deer and tridents: Sanskrit inscriptions as material culture in Early Medieval Nepal

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

17 Dec 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Śiva in good company: Glimpses of Śaiva - Buddhist interactions in Licchavi Nepal

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

8 Oct 2021

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The visual language of Sanskrit inscriptions

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

23 Sep 2021

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The construction of Śaiva identity in the early medieval period: the Śivadharmaśāstra on external signs of the devotee

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

28 Jul 2021

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New insights into the Late Licchavi Period: A royal stone inscription of Licchavi saṃvat 173 (748 CE)

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

20 Apr 2021

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Seeking the presence of Śiva: Salvific space in early Hindu pilgrimage practices

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

20 Apr 2021

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Potential methods for mapping and recording inscriptions

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

14 Mar 2020

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Auf den Spuren des Hindu-Gottes Shiva

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

9 Dec 2019

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After the Earthquake

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

2 Dec 2019

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Editing Brahmaśambhu’s Ritual Manual

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

16 Sep 201921 Sep 2019

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Early Śaiva devotional practices in the Śivadharmaśāstra: on portable and perishable śivaliṅgas

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

20 Jun 2019

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Pathways to Linking Texts and Archaeology in the Kathmandu Valley: Inscriptions and Chronicles in the Light of New Findings

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

23 Oct 2018

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Donating and Creating Space for Śaiva Communities in Early Medieval India: The Śivakṣetra in the Śivadharmaśāstra

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

11 Jul 2018

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A Vaiṣṇava Path to Liberation in Śaiva Texts: ‘Vaiṣṇava Yoga’ in the Śaiva Umāmaheśvarasaṃvāda and Lalitavistara of the Śivadharma-corpus

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

18 Sep 201722 Sep 2017

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Inscriptions in the Kathmandu Valley: Significance and State of Preservation

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

3 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

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Rudras on Earth: The Worshipper’s Spiritual Status in the Śivadharmaśāstra

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

17 Mar 201720 Mar 2017

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Licchavi Inscriptions in Paśupatikṣetra: History and Typological Survey

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

27 Feb 201710 Mar 2017

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Śivaliṅgapūja in the Śivadharmaśāstra

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

15 Feb 2017

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The “divine” worshipper in the Śivadharmaśāstra. Conceptualising the śivabhakta in the construction of a Śaiva social order

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

16 Nov 2016

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Hindu Pilgrimage and Patronage

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

4 Nov 20165 Nov 2016

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Modern Hindu pilgrimage practice and heritage

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

3 Nov 2016

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Tracing the rise of Pashupatinath in Nepal: inscriptions as signposts through a sacred landscape (ca. 400–800 CE)

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

2 Nov 2016

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Śivadharmaśāstra, Chapter 3

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

26 Sep 201629 Sep 2016

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The Śivadharmaśāstra in the ‚Śivadharma-corpus’: an overview

Nina Mirnig (Speaker)

24 Mar 2016

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Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2 (Campus)
1090 Wien

nina.mirnig@univie.ac.at