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Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Vols. I-III

K.M.Suresh. Edited By N.C. Panda, Siva Nagi Reddy and C.P.Gautam

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ISBN 10: 8180902544 / ISBN 13: 9788180902543
Published by Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2011
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Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Vol I 1 Indus civilization 2 Gupta Temples c450-550 AD 3 South Kosala Temples Post-Gupta period c550-750 AD 4 Temples of Kashmir c 600 to 1100 AD 5 Temples of Himachal Pradesh c 680 to 700 AD 6 Great temples of Elephanta Trimurti Mamallapuram and Kailasa 7 Kailasanath Temples Kailash Temple Ellora Virupaksha Pattadakal Kailasnath Temple Kanchipuram 8 Early Chalukyan Temples Badami Aihole and Pattadakal c 600 to 700 AD 9 Temples of Vikrama of Gangas Talakad c 635-650 AD 10 Rastrakuta Temples c 757-973 AD 11 Temples of Chalukyas of Kalyana c 973-1198 AD 12 Other temples of Chalykyan style Vol II 13 Temples of Hoysalas c 1000-1346 AD 14 Chalukyan Temples of Andhradesa Northern Style c 1000-1346 AD 15 Pallava Temples 16 Chola Temples c 900 to 1150 AD; Other Temples of Chola Period 17 Temples of Pandyas c 1150 to 1350 AD 18 Madura Temples c 1600 to 1750 AD 19 Temples of Orissa c 800 to 1200 AD 20 Temples of Central India c 900 to 1100 AD 21 Pratihara Temples of Central India c 806-900 AD 22 Siddhesvara Mahadeva Temple Nemawar MP 23 Central and North Indian Temples 24 Recently discovered Paramara Temple of Chandel MP 25 Temples of Rajasthan 26 Temples of Gujarat Vol III 27 Jaina Temples of North India 28 Jaina Temples of South India 29 Other South Indian Temples Jaina style 30 Hindu and Jaina rock cut temples 31 Vijayanagara Temples of Hampi c 1342 to 1570 32 Lepaksi Temple 33 Ramappa Ramalingesvara and Venkataramana Temples Vijayanagara Period 34 Kakatiya Temples in Andhradesa 35 Trikuta Temples at Nagulapadu Kakatiyan time 36 Temple of Srisailam 37 Sri Venkateswara Temple Tirupati 38 Somesvara Temples Appikonda AP 39 Temples of Surpura Samsthana Karnataka 40 Brahmanical temples of Bengal c 800 to 1700 AD 41 Maratha Temples 42 Religious Funerary Temples Nagpur 43 Hindu temple monasteries of Paithan 44 Golden temple Amritsar Punjab 45 Religious temples of Varanasi and other temples Appendix Graphical explanation of architectural terms Bibliography IndexThe ?Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture? comprises a vast research on the architectural features of Indian temples spread all over the Indian subcontinent This encyclopaedic study is divided into forty-five chapters which delineate the various characteristics of temple architecture starting from the Gupta period 4th cAD to the Kashi Vi?vanÈtha temple rebuilt by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore 1776 AD The work begins with an insight into the Indus Civilization that flourished in the Indus Valley region now in Pakistan with the two most important sites of Mohanjo-daro and Harappa revealing a marked degree of controlled urban planning As for the temple architecture the Imperial Guptas had established their sovereignty over almost the whole of Northern India and the regular building of structural temples in brick and dressed stone started in their regnal period The period under their immediate patronage fully deserves the name ?The Golden Age? of Indian art and culture as aesthetic principles of architecture sculpture and painting were formulated in their region The Hindu temples evolved during that period with the basic features of the cella the mandapa and the vestibule The temples of Post-Gupta period studied here indicate that most of the characteristic features of north Indian temple architecture including the curvilinear superstructure sikhara and the repeated motifs extending from the niches of the wall had been developed The beautiful architecture of the valley of Kashmir cannot be denied The great temple of Elephanta is formed of a species of hard trap-rock about 45 miles in circumference The shore-temple at Mammallapuram and the temple of Kailasa is the most sublime monument at Ellora The Chalukyas of Badami 500-757 AD laid the foundation of stone architecture in Karnataka in the towns of Badami Aihole and Pattadakal The Pattadakal is known as ?cradle of temple? The other dynasty rulers followed their different style and named their own s. Bookseller Inventory # 97865

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Title: Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture:...

Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan

Publication Date: 2011

Illustrator: 465 figs., 300 col plates

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The Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture comprises a vast research on the architectural features of Indian temples spread all over the Indian subcontinent. This encyclopaedic study is divided into forty-five chapters which delineate the various characteristics of temple architecture starting from the Gupta period (4th c.A.D.) to the Kashi Visvanatha temple rubuilt by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore (1776 A.D.). The work begins with an insight into the Indus Civilization that flourished in the Indus Valley region (now in Pakistan) with the two most important sites of Mohanjo-daro and Harappa revealing a marked degree of controlled urban planning. As for the temple architecture, the Imperial Guptas had established their sovereignty over almost the whole of northern India and the regular building of structural temples in brick and dressed stone started in their regnal period. The period under their immediate patronage fully deserve the name The Golden Age of Indian art and the culture as aesthetic principles of architecture, sculpture and painting were formulated in their region. The Hindu temples evolved during that period with the basic features of the cella, the mandapa and the vestibule.

The book shows that there was tremendous progress in traditional temple styles as witnessed from Orissan temples (800-1200 A.D.). The temples of central India evolved from the northern Nagara type (6th cen.) to distinctive central India style (8th cen.). The construction of temples proliferated in Rajasthan simultaneously with Orissa and central India but Muslim invaders mutilated them beyond repairs. Gujarat temple architecture developed in richest temple building in North India under the Solanki dynasty. Jaina temples spread in South India are detailed. The book explores the Hindu and Jaina rock-cut temples which came in effect under the patronage of Chalukyas and the succeeding Rastrakutas and the contemporary Pallavas. An outline of the Vijayanagara temples at Lapaski is a notable example of the Vijayanagara style of architecture. The book further deals with the architectural style of the Kakatiya temples of Andhradesa. Besides the study of various temples of south India, the book focuses on the Brahmanical temple of Bengal. The building of Maratha temple was discouraged under Muslim rule for a period of three centuries. However, the religious and funerary temple of Nagpur were greatly favoured under Sivaji. The ancient city of Pratishan on the bank of the river Godavari is remarkable for the Hindu temple and monasteries. At last the book deals with the Golden Temple at Amritsar and the religious temples of Varanasi and other temples.

The work is further embellished with the inclusion of about 300 coloured plates beautifully printed on art paper and enriched with about 450 plans of the different temples.

About the Author:

Dr. K.M. Suresh (born 1952) former Registrar and presently working as Director (Museum) in the Kannada University, Hampi in Karnataka, obtained his M.A., from Karnataka University, Dharwar in 1974 and Ph.G. Diploma in archaeology from Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi in 1986. He obtained Ph.D. Degree from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa in 1992 on Sculptural Art of Hampi-Vijayanagara.

Since his inception in the Archaeological Survye of India from 1976 to 1996, he served in various capacities in the Archaeological Museums at Bijapur, Hampi, Aihole and Badami in Karnataka and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. He has been active field worker and excavator in the Excavations Branch IV of Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar in Orissa.

He has published several books on temple architecutre and scuptures. He is member of many academic societies and guide to Ph.D and M.Phil., scholars in the Kannada University, Hampir and examiner for other Universities.

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