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The temple architecture of India

Author: Adam Hardy
Publisher: Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Indian temples represent one of the great architectural traditions of the world. Built for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain worship, they are without parallel in the way that they combine direct sensuous appeal with a highly complex formal structure. This volume explains the principles and processes underlying the designs of these monuments, providing essential historical background and placing the architecture in its  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Hardy
ISBN: 9780470028278 0470028270
OCLC Number: 123797933
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Part 1 Context and concepts --
Introduction --
Centres of power --
Temple, body and movement --
The emanating universe --
Placing the Gods --
The architect and unfolding traditions --
Part 2 Precursors --
Early Indian architecture --
Later rock-cut architecture --
Part 3 Temple design --
Plans and spaces --
Nagara shrines --
Dravida shrines --
Geometry --
Mouldings --
Pillars --
Ceilings --
Gavakshas --
Part 4 A brief history of Nagara Temples --
Early Nagara Temples --
Latina and related Valabhi Temples --
Shekhari Temples --
Bhumija Temples --
Temples of Eastern India --
Part 5 A brief history of Dravida Temples --
Early Dravida Temples --
The great 8th-century Dravida Temples --
Temples of the Cholas and their contemporaries --
The Karnata Dravida tradition continued --
Part 6 Legacy --
What happened afterwards --
What next?
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