Temples Of South India
Temples Of South
Temples of South India, authored by Dr. Surendra Sahai should rank amongst the most comprehensive and scholarly books written on temples in the peninsula. The huge canvas presented a daunting task involving tremendous research work and great photography.Great temple towns like Pattadakal, Kanchipuram, Chidambaram, Srirangam, Madurai and Rameshwaram still draw millions of devotees, cynics, historians, tourists and photographers from distant lands. No one goes back without a rewarding experience of a lifetime. The architectural splendour of these gigantic temples and their aura of spiritual glory is an unforgettable experience.
- ASIN: 8172343531
Temple Architecture and Art of the Early Chalukyas: Badami, Mahakuta, Aihole, Pattadakal
Temple Architecture and Art of the Early Chalukyas:
The temples of the Early Chalukyas, dating from the 6th to 8th centuries, are unrivaled in all of India for their comparatively early date and unusually complete condition, the remarkable juxtaposition of their different constructional techniques and building styles, and for the sheer beauty of their figural and decorative carvings. In spite of their appeal and outstanding historical significance, these monuments have until now lacked an adequate publication. This volume is the first to fully describe and illustrate the architecture and art of the Early Chalukya temples in Badami, and nearby Mahakuta, Aihole and Pattadakal, all situated on or near to the Malprabha River in central Karnataka. Michell’s definitive text is complemented by forty of his measured drawings, which constitute the most thorough graphic documentation ever undertaken. These are accompanied by more than 150 splendid, newly commissioned photographs by Surendra Kumar.
- ASIN: 9383098333
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture. South India. Lower Dravidadesa. 200 B. C. - A. D. 1324. TWO VOLUME SET (v. 1, Pt. 1)
India Revealed: Hindu Temples of South India (2019 Travel Guide)
India Revealed: Hindu Temples of South India (2019
RECENTLY UPDATED FOR 2019! With nearly 120 high-resolution images, detailed site profiles and an architectural style guide, this is the definitive travel guide to South India’s temples. South India is the premier area in which to experience the architectural tradition of the Hindu temple. Given that the Hindu empires of the South were able to hold off the imperial expansion of Islamic forces, Hindu architecture in South India did not suffer the same destruction as that in the North. As a result, the South’s religious complexes remain largely intact, offering an abundance of temples from all time periods and empires.This guidebook begins with an introduction to Hindu architecture, exploring its history and defining characteristics. With the fundamentals in place, we then go one level deeper, distinguishing between the two prevailing styles of Hindu temples: North Indian and South Indian.We then turn our focus to the South specifically, looking at temples built by eight of the most powerful Hindu empires in Tamil Nadu (Pallava, Pandyan, Chola, and Nayak) and Karnataka (Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Hoysala, and Vijayanagar). For each empire, we review the defining features of its architectural style, with a focus on innovations and trademark elements. The goal is to provide travelers ...
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Seeing Spiritual India: A Guide to Temples, Holy Sites, Festivals and Traditions: 2020 Update
Seeing Spiritual India: A Guide to Temples, Holy
This book is one of the most complete reviews of the major holy places and temples of India, and the traditions connected with them. It describes where they are located and what you will see. This 2020 Update includes more and newer information and additional sites to see. This travel guide is not only a great reference work, but is written especially for anyone who wants to know of the many holy sites that you can visit while traveling within India, how to reach them, and what is the history and significance of these most spiritual of sacred sites, temples and festivals. It also provides a deeper understanding of the mysteries and spiritual traditions of India. It is for both those who are new to India and those who are experienced. India has one of the most ancient cultures on the planet that is still a living and dynamic tradition today. Many of the customs and rituals that we can see have existed for thousands of years. This is what makes this country so interesting and draws so many people to it. It is the culture of yoga, meditation, gurus, spiritual philosophy, ancient festivals, holy men and women, sacred mountains and rivers, traditional music, and offers the potential for becoming more aware of who we are and the purpose of life. This is what continues to attract people...
- ASIN: 1795862602
Indian Temple Sculpture
Illustrated with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s unrivaled collection of South Asian sculpture, this freshly redesigned volume makes John Guy’s classic study available once again. This is the first book to look at Indian temple sculpture within its full context, from religion and ritual to architecture and iconography. An excellent introduction to the three traditional religions of the Indian subcontinent—Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism—through the myths and manifestations of the principal deities, Indian Temple Sculpture will fascinate all those interested in Indian culture.
- ASIN: 1851779191
Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Nepal (Travel
Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s Nepal is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the historic temples of old Kathmandu, search for rhinos and tigers in the dawn mist of Chitwan National Park, and trek in the shadow of the world’s highest mountain on an Everest Base Camp expedition – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Nepal and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Nepal: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics Covers Kathmandu, Around the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara & Around, The Terai & Mahabharat Range The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Nepal is our most c...
- ASIN: 1786570572
Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook
Enjoying India: The Essential
UPDATED SEPTEMBER, 2012HOW TO ENJOY THE BEST OF INDIA . . .Enjoying India is the ultimate how-and-why guide for foreigners that fills the gaps left by traditional guidebooks--practical and cultural information no visitor or expat can afford to be without. It will give you the knowledge to navigate this unfamiliar land with ease. Enjoying India offers a wealth of insights into India's culture and style of functioning, covering many important topics that are either dealt with superficially or omitted altogether by other books. Whether you are in India for business or pleasure, this is the one book you need to experience the best of India.Acquire the skills, understanding and confidence you need to:* Stay safe and healthy* Communicate successfully * Understand how yes can mean no* Avoid cultural blunders* Deal with Indian bureaucracy* Accommodate special needs* Bargain effectively* Get a seat on a fully booked train* Use your computer safely * Cope with Indian plumbing* and much, much more . . .
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- ASIN: 0981950302
India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People
India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition,
India Unveiled by Robert Arnett is a heart-warming portrait of the people, landscape, and multi-hued culture of India. It has been internationally acclaimed as the best book of its type on India. Organized by regions into six chapters with seven maps, 307 color photographs on 170 grams Garda gloss art paper, 308 pages, 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Includes timeline, glossary, and index. Newly released, updated, and expanded edition gives insight into the Spirit, Tradition, and People of India.
- ASIN: 0965290093
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Volume I, Part 2: South India: Upper Dravidadesa, Early Phase A.D. 550-1075 (Vol 1)
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: Volume I, Part
This volume discusses the early Dravidian architecture of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (Upper Dravidadesh) as developed under the aegis of the early Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas and their dependent dynasties. Like the previous volume in the series, part 2 contains a carefully written text by noted authorities on Indian architecture, divided into 13 chapters. About 80 drawings and 656 photographic illustrations, together with 5 site maps, elucidate and support the text.
- ASIN: 0195618564
Servants of the Goddess: The Priests of a South Indian Temple (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
Servants of the Goddess: The Priests of a
The Minaksi Temple is one of the largest, most celebrated and most popular Hindu temples in India. Situated in the ancient south Indian city of Madurai, it is dedicated to the goddess Minaksi and her husband the god Sundaresvara, a form of the great god Śiva. Minaksi's principal servants in the Temple are the priests who carry out all the elaborate rituals for her and Sundaresvara, and these priests are the subject of this book. Drawing upon his extensive field research in the Temple, Dr Fuller discusses the role of the priests in the Temple and their place in the wider society. He looks at their rights and duties in the Temple, and at the changes in their position that have occurred since the establishment of a modern government and legal system. Throughout his book, the author situates his detailed analysis of the Minaksi Temple priesthood within its wider social and historical context, and relates it to the previous work of anthropologists, as well as of historians, Sanskritists and legal scholars.
- ASIN: 0521040094
DIVINE PALACES OF SOUTH INDIA: A Guide to understanding the Hindu Temple 1
DIVINE PALACES OF SOUTH INDIA: A Guide to
The first of two volumes on the art and architecture of the Hindu temple, this book is an introduction for students, tourists and anyone else who would like to gain some understanding of the Hindu temple and Hinduism. For anyone entering a Hindu temple for the first time it can be overwhelming and confusing. With a little insight, the experience can be made much more meaningful. Whilst the explanations do not require any prior knowledge of the subject and are therefore totally accessible to all, detailed descriptions also make it an invaluable tool for students of Asian art history. The reader is taken on a journey through the extraordinary temples of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, thereby gaining insight into their architecture and purpose, and acquiring familiarity with the culture of Hindu India. The book describes the development of mediaeval temple architecture and its functions, explores its symbolism and the temple rituals and interprets the meaning of the main images and sculptures connected with Hinduism. The author's second volume on Indian art and architecture, subtitled `The Dancing Temples of Karnataka' is based upon research carried out by the author for her dissertation on Hoysala Temples and is due to be published later in 2018. Richly illustrated with 98 figures inclu...
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Ganesha Wall Hanging - South Indian Temple Wood Carving
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A Novel
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: A
The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time a...
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India: A Sacred Geography
India: A Sacred
A spiritual history of the world's most religiously complex and diverse society, from one of Harvard's most respected scholars.India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of more than a decade's work from the renowned Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck. The book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of "India" as a nation.
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- ASIN: 0385531923
Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (Travel
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tour through the hidden backstreet courtyards and temples of Kathmandu, explore the base of the world's highest mountain and learn everything you need to know to trek through this incredible region; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Nepal Himalaya and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, environment Over 60 maps Covers Kathmandu, Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang, Helambu, Eastern Nepal, Western Nepal and more eBook Features: (Best viewed o...
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- ASIN: B0197I1W7K
Art of the Imperial Cholas
Art of the Imperial
The rule of the Chola dynasty in South India between the ninth and thirteenth centuries was a period of unparalleled creativity in Indian art. Known as the Golden Age of Tamil Culture, the Chola period produced dynamic royal personalities who shaped the artistic activity of theirtimes. Art of the Imperial Cholas examines the dynasty's architectural and sculptural achievements, which stand among the masterpieces of India.
- ASIN: 0231071884
Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture
Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and
In an age of social media and reality television, reading and consumption habits in India now demand homegrown pulp fictions. Ulka Anjaria categorizes post-2000 Indian literature and popular culture as constituting “the contemporary,” a movement defined by new and experimental forms—where high- and low-brow meet, and genres break down. Reading India Now studies the implications of this developing trend as both the right-wing resurges and marginalized voices find expression. Anjaria explores the fiction of Chetan Bhagat and Anuja Chauhan as well as Aamir Khan’s television talk show, Satyamev Jayate, plus the work of documentarian Paromita Vohra, to argue how different kinds of texts are involved in imagining new political futures for an India in transition. Contemporary literature and popular culture in India might seem artless and capitalistic, but it is precisely its openness to the world outside that allows these new works to offer significant insight into the experiences and sensibilities of contemporary India.
- ASIN: 1439916632
Lonely Planet Tibet (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Tibet (Travel
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Tibet is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike around sacred Mt Kailash, join pilgrims at the Jokhang, Tibet's holiest sanctum, or view Mt Everest unobstructed from Rongphu Monastery; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Tibet and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Tibet Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, religion, history, art, architecture, literature, music, dance, landscapesCovers Lhasa, Tsang, Kham, Ngari, U, Rawok, Bayi, Tashigang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Tingri, Nyalam, Pomi, Ganzi, Kangding, Lithang, Bathang, Baber, Zhangmu, Gongkar, Kathmandu, Chengdu, and more The Perf...
- ASIN: 178657375X
Art and Devotion at a Buddhist Temple in the Indian Himalaya (Contemporary Indian Studies)
Art and Devotion at a Buddhist Temple in
Sixteenth-century wall paintings in a Buddhist temple in the Tibetan cultural zone of northwest India are the focus of this innovative and richly illustrated study. Initially shaped by one set of religious beliefs, the paintings have since been reinterpreted and retraced by a later Buddhist community, subsumed within its religious framework and communal memory. Melissa Kerin traces the devotional, political, and artistic histories that have influenced the paintings' production and reception over the centuries of their use. Her interdisciplinary approach combines art historical methods with inscriptional translation, ethnographic documentation, and theoretical inquiry to understand religious images in context.
- ASIN: 0253013062
The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Oxford India Paperbacks)
The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon
The last of Colonel Jim Corbett's books on his unique and enthralling hunting experiences in India, this volume concludes the narrative of his adventures with tigers begun in the famous Man-Eaters of Kumaon. These stories maintain, perhaps even supercede, the high standard of the earlier classic collection. Corbett saves his best story of all for the long concluding chapter in this volume, describing, in The Talla Des Man-Eater, how he embarked on what he feared might be a fatal last test of skill and endurance. As always, he writes with an acute awareness of all jungle sights and sounds, choosing words charged with a great love of humanity, birds, and animals. His calm and straightforward modesty heightens the excitement and suspense of these experiences, in which he continuously risks his life to free the Indian tarai of dangerous man-eaters.
- ASIN: 019562257X
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecturev. 1, PT. 3 (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts)
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture -- Set V. 1, PT. 4 (Vol 1, Pt.4)
The Renewal of the Priesthood: Modernity and Traditionalism in a South Indian Temple
The Renewal of the Priesthood: Modernity and Traditionalism
Much has changed for the priests at the Minakshi Temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in India. In The Renewal of the Priesthood, C. J. Fuller traces their improving fortunes over the past 25 years. This fluidly written book is unique in showing that traditionalism and modernity are actually reinforcing each other among these priests, a process in which the state has played a crucial role. Since the mid-1980s, growing urban affluence has seen more people spend more money on rituals in the Minakshi Temple, which is in the southern city of Madurai. The priests have thus become better-off, and some have also found new earnings opportunities in temples as far away as America. During the same period, due partly to growing Hindu nationalism in India, the Tamilnadu state government's religious policies have become more favorable toward Hinduism and Brahman temple priests. More priests' sons now study in religious schools where they learn authoritative Sanskrit ritual texts by heart, and overall educational standards have markedly improved. Fuller shows that the priests have become more "professional" and modern-minded while also insisting on the legitimacy of tradition. He concludes by critiquing the analysis of modernity and tradition in social science. In showing how the pries...
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- ASIN: 069111658X
The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past (1808-1959)
The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the
From its founding in 1588, the Golden Temple has come to symbolise the epitome of Sikh architecture as well as the undying love of its devotees. The complex that developed around it was the Sikhs' very own 'Vatican City'. In its heyday in the early 1800s it was also highly regarded as a centre of learning and a beacon for those in search of spiritual and educational enlightenment. Around it developed a bustling multicultural town that became a prominent stop on the Silk Route and a major commercial hub of north western India. This unique volume highlights the temple's unparalleled beauty and changing fortunes during a golden era of peace, prosperity and patronage. Its vast collection of paintings, sketches, lithographs and photographs have been painstakingly sourced from archives around the world. They are complemented by intriguing quotes from 70 eyewitness accounts, ranging from the earliest discovered in 1808 - a report by a one-legged British spy - right up to that of an awestruck Hollywood heartthrob, Lew Ayres, in search of the exotic and esoteric in 1959.
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- ASIN: 0956016812
Do Not Wash Hands In Plates: Elephant Frenzy, Parathas, Temples, Palaces, Monkeys, and the Kindness of Indian Strangers (India: Do Not)
Do Not Wash Hands In Plates: Elephant Frenzy,
Once upon the Land Before Time (or at least before mobile phones), three best friends decided to leave the US from separate locations and meet up in Europe. To everyone's shock, Janine, Jaya and I pulled it off--mostly because we went to Luxembourg, a country so small the odds in favor of chance street encounters were almost 100%, but also because Jaya was carrying the BS, a blue suitcase so enormous it took up approximately a third of the country's square footage and was visible on satellite images. We couldn't possibly miss.It took over thirty-five years before--in a combination of optimism and failing memories-- we recklessly decided to repeat this feat. Hey, we reasoned, now we've got smartphones, better credit ratings, wheeled suitcases, medical insurance, and the ability to drink legally. Just to make it more interesting, this time we chose to meet in India, where the odds against the three of us actually linking up were approximately a bazillion to bupkis. What could possibly go wrong? What couldn't?
- ASIN: 1523772557
Khajuraho: Indian Temples and Sensuous Sculptures
Khajuraho: Indian Temples and Sensuous
• A privileged visual journey through one of the most famous Indian heritage sites Situated in the northern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is renowned as much for the elegance of its architecture as for the sensuality of its sculpture. Khajuraho has become one of the unmissable sights for any traveler to India, and owes its international reputation to the lavishness of its numerous Hindu shrines. Formerly an important political and religious center, it is thought to have contained up to ninety-five temples, as the many ruins concealed under otherwise-anonymous hillocks scattered throughout the valley attest. Only twenty-five survive. The earliest mention of Khajuraho dates from the seventh century. After the collapse of the Candella kingdom, the site experienced almost four centuries of oblivion, and the once proud city-state turned into a sleepy village nestling in what had become an arid basin for several months of the year. British hunters rediscovered it quite by chance at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Since then, the area has undergone several phases of restoration, as befits one of the leading sites of the world's cultural heritage. The highly unusual nature of its temple depictions has given this area a somewhat 'scandalous' reputation, unleashing, ...
- ASIN: 887439778X
The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship (Royal Asiatic Society Books)
The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture
This book investigates how the material culture of South Indian courts was perceived by those who lived there in the pre-colonial period. Howes peels away the standard categories used to study Indian palace space, such as public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous descriptions of space found in court poetry, vastu shastra and painted representations of courtly life. Set against the historical background of the events which led to the formation of the Ramnad Kingdom, the Kingdom's material circumstances are examined, beginning with the innermost region of the palace and moving out to the Kingdom via the palace compound itself and the walled town which surrounded it. An important study for both art historians and South India specialists. The volume is richly illustrated in colour.
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- ASIN: 0700715851
Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science
Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in
Temples of Modernity uses ethnographic data to investigate the presence of religious ideas and practices in Indian science and engineering. Geraci shows 1) how the integration of religion, science and technology undergirds pre- and post-independence Indian nationalism, 2) that traditional icons and rituals remain relevant in elite scientific communities, and 3) that transhumanist ideas now percolate within Indian visions of science and technology. This work identifies the intersection of religion, science, and technology as a worldwide phenomenon and suggests that the study of such interactions should be enriched through attention to the real experiences of people across the globe.
- ASIN: 1498577741
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture South India Lower Dravidadesa 200 B.C.-A.D. 1324 *2 Volu
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture South India Lower
4to. Volume I. Text Volume: xvi, 361 pp, preface, list of maps, figure references, 19 chapters, reference glossary, site and temple index. Volume II. Plates Volume: viii + plates, Style Code for the Plates; Plate/Chapter Reference; The b&w Plates: 1-432, Reference Glossary; Site and Temple Index. First University of Princeton Edition, 1983. Text Volume: Dark blue cloth (Plates Volume, Green cloth) with gilt temple and lettering on front board, gilt lettering to spine, and illustrated endpapers.``These first volumes in a series on Indian Temple Architecture cover temples in lower South India from early beginnings through temples of the Colas and Pandyas 200 B.C. - A.D. 1324." from the jacket flap.
- ASIN: 0812278402
Encyclopaedia of Indian Temple Architecture: South India, Upper Dravidadesa, Early Phase A.D. 550-1075/Vol 1, Part 2
India: Land of Tigers & Temples
India: Land of Tigers &
To venture into the jungle and look a tiger in the eye, to marvel at the fantastic monument of the Taj Mahal, to watch pilgrims bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges – moments like these are among the highlights of a trip to India. In this new pictorial work by Axel Gomille, you can experience the magic of this exotic land: a world of contrasts, of ever-changing colours, exotic scents and unfamiliar sounds, that seduces all of your senses all at once. Axel Gomille is particularly intrigued by the unique connection between nature and culture, that is so characteristic of India. Over the past twenty years, he has returned again and again to the subcontinent with his camera to document the rich fauna and its close links to human society. In the jungle he found tigers, sloth bears, elephants and many other animals. In the swamps he observed crocodiles and fell under the spell of the exotic bird life. He visited temples and palaces that recall the splendour of a bygone era, and at a camel fair market in the Thar Desert he was transported back to the Middle Ages. The text and photographs in this book pay homage to one of the most beautiful, most diverse and most fascinating countries in the world.
- ASIN: 1909612472
Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet India (Travel
#1 best-selling guide to India * Lonely Planet India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the perfect symmetry of the Taj Mahal, ride a camel through the moonlit desert or cruise the lush backwaters of Kerala; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's India Travel Guide: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - temples, cuisine, history, art, Hinduism, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, customs, volunteering, yoga, ashrams, trekking Over 199 colour maps Covers Delhi's bazaars, the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan's forts and deserts, Goa's beaches, Kerala's backwaters, Mumbai's colonial-era buildings, Darjeeling's tea plantations, Khajuraho's an...
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- ASIN: 1743216769
Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Bengal (Contemporary Indian Studies)
Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century
[A]n excellent analytical study of a sensationally beautiful type of temple.... This work is not just art historical but embraces... religious studies, anthropology, history, and literature." ―Catherine B. Asher[A]dvances our knowledge of... Bengali temple building practices, the complex inter-reliance between religion, state power, and art, and the ways in which Western colonial assumptions have distorted correct interpretation.... A splendid book." ―Rachel Fell McDermottIn the flux created by the Mughal conquest, Hindu landholders of eastern India began to build a spectacularly beautiful new style of brick temple, known as Ratna. This "bejeweled" style combined features of Sultanate mosques and thatched houses, and included second-story rooms conceived as the pleasure grounds of the gods, where Krishna and his beloved Radha could rekindle their passion. Pika Ghosh uses art historical, archaeological, textual, and ethnographic approaches to explore this innovation in the context of its times. Includes 82 stunning black-and-white images of rarely photographed structures.Published in association with the American Institute of Indian Studies
- ASIN: 0253344875
Lonely Planet Northeast India (Regional Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Northeast India (Regional Travel
India's Northeast is for the truly adventurous, and Lonely Planet has explored every part of it. We've trekked Sikkim's Monastery Loop, paused to admire sun-kissed peaks in Darjeeling, the hit the wild east in search of rhinos and jungle villages. Our 2nd edition takes you straight to what we discovered.Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.In This Guide:Full color highlights & clearly mapped itineraries reveal the Northeast's bestParks & Sanctuaries planner guides you to monkeys and rhinosFestivals calendar tells you what's on while you're here
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- ASIN: 174179319X
Lord Ganesha (Wall Hanging) - South Indian Temple Wood Carving
Hindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths, Hindu Gods, and Hindu Goddesses
Hindu Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Hindu Myths,
Explore Captivating Hindu Myths of Hindu Gods and GoddessesThe stories in Hindu myth stem from traditions within Hinduism, drawing on stories from ancient texts, like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Keep in mind that because different versions of Hinduism inspire different people, many different versions of the stories float through the jungle and over the stones of temples and traditions. The stories in this volume are my version, though I’ve stuck as closely to the original myths and legends as imagination allows. At the end of this book, you’ll find a short bibliography for further research and reading.Within this book, you'll find the following Hindu myths coveredLord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and the Beginning of the WorldThe Birth of Lord ShivaSaraswati & Brahma’s Fifth HeadShiva Tests ParvatiShiva Snares a WhaleGanesha Loses His HeadGanesha Spills a RiverKubera’s PrideGanesha Injures a GoddessGanesha Wins a RaceShiva Skips SuccessRavana’s Ten HeadsThe Birth of RamaUrmila’s SlumberDeer of DeceptionHanuman’s TorchSuvannamachha Steals a BridgeHanuman Moves a MountainThe Final BattleSita’s PurityKrishna Steals ButterKrishna Trades for JewelsKrishna Swallows the FlamesAgni Spreads a CurseVayu Humbles the Silk Cotton TreeSavitri Chooses a HusbandSavitri’s Fidelity...
- ASIN: B07BX452JH
Encyclopedia of Indian Temple Architecture, South India, Volume I, Part I: Lower Dravidadesa. (Two books: text and plates) (Vol 1)
Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains: Architecture, Religion, and Nature in the Central Himalayas (Global South Asia)
Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains: Architecture, Religion, and
From approximately the third century BCE through the thirteenth century CE, the remote mountainous landscape around the glacial sources of the Ganga (Ganges) River in the Central Himalayas in northern India was transformed into a region encoded with deep meaning, one approached by millions of Hindus as a primary locus of pilgrimage.Nachiket Chanchani’s innovative study explores scores of stone edifices and steles that were erected in this landscape. Through their forms, locations, interactions with the natural environment, and sociopolitical context, these lithic ensembles evoked legendary worlds, embedded historical memories in the topography, changed the mountain range’s appearance, and shifted its semiotic effect. Mountain Temples and Temple Mountains also alters our understanding of the transmission of architectural knowledge and provides new evidence of how an enduring idea of India emerged in the subcontinent.
- ASIN: B07RZBG7WG