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The Development of Early Saiva Art and Architecture

I. K. Sarma

ISBN 10: 8175740310 / ISBN 13: 9788175740310
Published by Sundeep Prakashan, 1982
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The growth of Hindu iconography cannot be studied in isolation from the art and architecture of a particular period. Their evolution is inter-linked but the origins cannot be so ideally traced. Conscious of the oceanic nature of the Hindu Pantheon, more so of the great God Siva, a maiden attempt is made here to integrate the development of his iconography, architecture and connected ritual from the earliest times to the beginning of seventh century A.D. The study is intensive and based on specific archaeological vestiges, rather than sporadic literary data, although the latter`s relevance does not go unrecognised. The subject matter presented here is largely based on the author`s field work at the various sites, notably Gudimallam, Amaravati, Nagarjunakonda and Chejerla. The text is enlivened with copious illustrations, several among them appearing for the first time. The presentation is lucid, objective and original. Foreword/Padmabhushana Dr C. Sivaramamurti Preface List of Illustrations : (A) Figures, (B) Photographs Abbreviations : Journals and Periodicals I. INTRODUCTION : 1. Geographical Limits of the Investigation 2. Field Work Highlighted 3. Why Choice of Andhra ? 4. Importance of Trilingadesa 5. Scope of Study II. PREHISTORY OF SAIVISM : 1. Representations of Proto-Siva in Harappan Civilization 2. Early Village Communities 3. Certain Evidences of Cult Worship 4. Evidences from Megalithic and Iron Age Assemblages III. PROTO-HISTORY OF $AIVISM (MAINLY LITERARY) : 1. Review of Early Literature, Name of Siva, etc 2. Some Representations in Art and Sculpture of Western Asia 3. Survey of Philosophical Trends with Special Reference to South IV. HISTORIC SAIVISM (Circa 300 B.C. to 600 A.D.) : 1. Historical Background : i. Mauryan to Post-Asokan Period ii. Late Satavahana Period iii. Ikshvaku Rulers of Sri Parvata Vijayapuri iv. Other Contemporary and Post-Ikshvaku Royal Families 2. A Survey of Early Architectural and Iconographic Forms 3. Evidences from the Neighbouring Karnataka V. SAIVA VESTIGES IN ANDHRADESA DURING EARLY CENTURIES B.C. SIVA TEMPLE AT GUDIMALLAM : 1. Preface 2. The Site and its Environs : i. Explorations ii. Conservation Works 3. Historical Background : i. The Name of the Village, Temple ii. The Inscriptions 4. The Temple Complex, Its Architecture : i. The Prakara and Gopura ii. Subsidiary Shrines iii. The Parasuramesvara Temple iv. Lingakriti Vimana 5. Descriptions of the Cuttings : i. Probe within the Garbhagriha ii. Trench-A Outside iii. Sequence and Chronology Phase-1. (Circa third to the end of first century B.C.) Phase-2. (Early first to third century A.D.) : a. Interregnum Phase-3. (Middle of Ninth Century A.D. upto 18th century) 6. Pottery and Other Objects : i. Pottery of Phase-1 ii. Pottery of Phase-2 iii. Pottery from Phase-3 iv. Other Objects v. Silver Punch Marked Coin 7. Correlative Study of the New Evidences : i. Linga and the Pithas ii. Railing and its Characteristics iii. Silaprakara Linga; Mode of worship in various phases iv. Brick Apsidal Temple, Phase-2 8. New Light on Gudimallam Siva : i. The Linga and the form of Siva ii. The Yaksha iii. Correlation with Some Literary and Philosophical Aspects 9. Parallels and Conclusions : i. Some Parallels in Indian Art ii. The Importance of the Linga, Its Dating iii. Resume VI. SAIVA REMAINS DURING SATAVAHANA PERIOD : 1. An Early form of Ganesa and Other Auxiliary Deities from Amaravati : i. Significance of the Depiction 2. A Chaturmukha Linga from Amaravati and the Spread of Lakulisa Pasupatism into the South : i. A Chaturmukha Linga from Amaravati ii. Esoterism of the Mukhalingas iii. Antiquity of Saivism at Amaravati iv. A Unique Nandi from Amaravati v. Some Early Linga Types vi. Some Mukhalinga Types vii. L Printed Pages: 247. Bookseller Inventory # 1266

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Title: The Development of Early Saiva Art and ...

Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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