Vijayakumar Somasekharan Nair, Masters in Quaternary and Prehistory (Italy), MA Archaeology, PGDA (ASI, New Delhi), UGC/NET, is a versatile young scholar in archaeology and history. He is the recipient of prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship promoted by the European Union. His in-depth knowledge in the history of Indian temples inspired him to co-author the present work in a rather meticulous way. His previous publications include various scholarly articles and research reports related to prehistoric and historical periods. Currently he is active in archaeological research in India and abroad, particularly in Italy.