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Temples in India

Origin and Developmental Stages by: S.P. Gupta , S. Vijayakumar

This volume studies the beginning and evolution of temple architecture in India and deals with temples constructed by different ancient and medieval dynasties in various parts of the country. It contains over a hundred plates of temples and carvings on them, cave fa‡ades, pillar descriptions, etc. Many Jaina temples are also covered.

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Year Of Publication: 2010
Edition: 1st
Pages : xviii, 264
Bibliographic Details : 109 B/w photos; 115 figures; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 850

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This volume is a study of the beginning and evolution of temple architecture in India which covers sculptures and carvings as well. With over a hundred plates of temples and carvings on them, including cave facades and pillar depictions, it deals with temples constructed by the different ancient and medieval dynasties in Indian history, particularly the Early Western Calukyan and Later Western Calukyans, Pallava, Pandya, Cola, Hoyasala and Nayaka. With illustrations that include maps, plans of caves and even viharas and caityas, it undertakes a study of the temples found in different States of India. The research discusses the variations in plans and elevations to examine development of temple architecture over time and new experimentations in the building of temples by use of various materials. Reconstructing art and architectural styles from the remnants of the ruined temples in many places, it explains terms and concepts in temple building and architecture and cites examples of various temple styles and traditions including the best and the earliest ones. The focus is on the Dravida and Nagara temple styles and a third hybrid form of ÷ikhara that developed in the Deccan. Many Jaina temples are also covered. The book will prove extremely useful for scholars and students of Indology, particularly those studying Indian religious architecture.

Contents

Preface
List of Plates and Figures
Transliteration Chart
Introduction
1. Rock-cut Stupas, Viharas, Caityas and Temples
2. Gupta Temples
3. Central Indian Temples
4. Temples of Orissa
5. Temples of Gujarat
6. Temples of Rajasthan
7. Early Western Calukyan Temples
8. Later Western Calukyan Temples
9. Pallava Temples
10. Pandya Temples
11. Cola Temples
12. Hoysala Temples
13. Temples of Vijayanagar
14. Nayaka Temples
15. Temples of Kerala
16. Temples of Jammu & Kashmir
17. Temples of Himachal Pradesh
18. Temples of Bengal
19. Temples of Assam
Bibliography
Index

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Dr. S.P. Gupta, Ph.D., D. Litt. presently Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi, is a specialist in field archaeology and art history who has been awarded several gold medals besides the Sir Mortimer Wheeler Prize for excellence in archaeology. He has worked and lectured in more than 30 countries of the world. He has authored a number of books including Disposal of the Dead and Physical Types in Ancient India (1971), Tourism, Museums and Monuments (1975), Archaeology of Soviet Central Asia and the Indian Borderlands -- two volumes (1978), The Roots of Indian Art (1980) -- the French edition of which was published in 1990, and Elements of Indian Art (2002). He has also edited many books and published about 50 articles in various journals and books.
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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.
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