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Kachchhapaghata Art and Architecture

Ahmed Ali

ISBN 10: 8181820142 / ISBN 13: 9788181820143
Published by Publication Scheme, Jaipur, 2005
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Contents Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Historical background the Kachchhapaghata Dynasty. 2. The temples of Kachchhapaghata territory in Central India. 3. The temples of neighbouring regions of Central India. 4. Chronology and architectural features of the Kachchhapaghata temples. 5. Matha tank Baoli and wells. 6. Saiva iconography. 7. Vaisnava iconography. 8. Iconography of Brahma Surya and Minor Deities. 9. Sakti sculptures. 10. Jaina and Buddhist iconography. 11. Sculpture. 12. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. The regional study of the monuments is an important method to assess the cultural social religious and economic status. In Indian history the Kachchhapaghata dynasty ruled over an area comprising of the modern districts of Gwalior Morena Bhind Shivpuri and Guna of Modern Madhya Pradesh. They supplanted the early ruler of the region specially the Gurjara Pratiharas. They patronised art and cultural activities in their territory. In the field of temple architecture they experimented indigenous trends. The Kakanamath Temple at Suhania Sasa bahu temple at Gwalior a Jain temple at Dubkund and the group of temples at Kadwaha are few of the reminiscence of their past glory. Besides these a good number of temples were built out side of their territory. The group of temples at Chandpur Dudhai Badoh and Kagpur etc. deserve mention. They raised a good number of mathas tank baolis etc. to fulfil the need of Sanyasis as well as for the welfare of the people. The present text is an outcome of the extensive scientific survey of the monuments built in Kachchhapaghata territory and neighbouring regions. The text is divided in twelve chapters. The first chapter is a brief backdrop of the political history of the region. The second chapter deals with scientific analyses of the temples noticed in situ in the Central India. Likewise third chapter is devoted to deal with the temples built in the neighbouring regions (Gyaraspur Kagpur Dudhai and Chandpur etc). The fourth chapter is the classification of the monuments and their features. The fifth chapter deals with the mathas and other monuments like the tanks and baolis etc. The sixth chapter of the text is devoted to focus light on the iconography of the cult deities like Brahmanic triad sakti and the Saiva. The seventh chapter is fully devoted to the iconography of Visnu and his incarnations. The eighth chapter highlights the iconography of Vyantara Devatas Brahma Surya Navagrahas and Dikpalas. The ninth chapter is devoted to deal with Sakti sculptures discovered from the Kachchhapaghata territory. The evidences prove that the Kachchhapaghata rulers were liberal towards Jainism and hence a good number of Jaina temples and sculptures were produced to satisfy the followers of Jainism. These have been subjected to the present study. The eleventh chapter deals with the sculptures of minor Gods and semidivines like the Apsaras Yaksa yaksinis and other decorative motifs. Lastly an assume is included obviously the assessments of the trends of art and architecture which flourished under the patronage of the Kachchhapaghata dynasty of Central India. The line drawings maps and photographs of monuments and sculptures authenticate the text. Thus the book may however be accepted as an important additions to the history of art and architecture of ancient India. 221 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 57609

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Title: Kachchhapaghata Art and Architecture

Publisher: Publication Scheme, Jaipur

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

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