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Orissan Temple Architecture (Vastisatra)

N.K. Bose,Vijay Kumar Mathur

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ISBN 10: 8186050671 / ISBN 13: 9788186050675
Published by Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2001
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The book aims at studying the architectural aspect of the Orissan temples. It gives a clear idea of the silpa shastra in general and Bhuvanapradipa, late medieval silpa-shastra text in particular, as important sources for the study of Orissan architecture. The author has arranged the material according to specific topics such as classification of soils upon which the temple is to be built, auspicious ceremonies and classification of temple types and their constituent parts. The text`s analysis of system`s proportion of various temples types is also presented in an admirable manner. An introduction to the book surveys the development of temple architecture in Orissa to enable the students, scholars and other readers to understand the characteristic features of the art. CONTENTS: Introduction/Dr. V.K. Mathur Orissan Temple Architecture/N.K. Bose : Architecture studied from different view-points; reliance on personal field observations; examination of the canons of Indian architecture and restoration of ancient texts; combination of tradition, field-work and Sanskrit learning; continued in the present book; study of the ideas conveyed by forms of architecture; accounts of mss. Used 1. THE BOOK OF ARCHITECTURE AND ITS AUTHOR : Name of the Manuscript; of the Author; of certain artists 2. CLASSIFICATION OF SOILS : The four classes of soils; selection of soils; best dwelling site; divination; classification of sites; effect of living on each kind of building site 3. A CHAPTER ON AUGURY : Signs and indications at first measurement,-thread slipping from the hand, or any one making faces; conch-shell; wind blowing strongly, or hail-storms; cow seen or heard; a great noise; music; fire seen; a person heard weeping or sighing; a dog barking; a shaven-headed man, rice-offerings to the manes or the howl of a jackal; rain; if an elephant trumpets or a horse neighs; or a frog croaks, an ass brays or a snake is seen; if a crane is seen or there is a peal of thunder 4. DETERMINATION OF THE NAGA`S POSITION : A great naga round each building site; the lie of the naga; movements; eight divisions of the naga`s body; posting of the pillar on the naga`s body; fixing of the door with reference to the body of the naga 5. ASTROLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS : The effects of building in different months of the year; in the light or dark half of the month; on different days of the week; during different phases of the moon; rabisuddhi; influence of the Zodaical signs; of the constellations 6. ASTROLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS (CONTD.) : Bandhas; their effects; the use of a house determined by its bandha; disposition of the doors, according to bandhas; the star under which a house is built; The probable age of the house and means of its destruction; nabangsa of the house; presiding naga of the house; expenses of the building; determining the orientation of the door; and thence the `luck` of the place 7. THE AUSPICIOUS CEREMONY : Signs of good luck and bad at the auspicious ceremony; general matters; list of things required for the ceremony; effects of different things in the ground, when posting the pillar; the ceremony of posting the auspicious pillar; laying the foundation stone 8. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS : Trees; disposition of water in the neighbourhood; owner, priest, professor and others; the ceremonial entry; Salabriddhi 9. CERTAIN GENERAL QUESTIONS : Units of measurement; geometrical figures; foundation; building-stones; dimensions of stone-blocks; faults in building operation and their effects; merit acquired by building a temple 10. THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ORISSAN TEMPLES : Four different types-Rekha, Bhadra, Khakhara, Gouriya, the last an exotic; analysis of the three prevalent types in their component parts, pistagandi, mastaka; gandi a distinguishing factor, in the Rekha, Bhadra, and Khakhara Printed Pages: 187. Bookseller Inventory # 937

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Title: Orissan Temple Architecture (Vastisatra)

Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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