This volume examines the multifarious dimensions that constitute the workings of the Hindu temple as an architectural and urban built form. Eleven chapters reflect on Hindu temples from multiple standpoints - tracing their elusive evolution from wayside shrines as well as canonization into classical objects; questioning the role of treatises containing their building rules; analyzing their prescribed proportions and orders; examining their presence in, and as, larger sacred habitats and ritua...
For more than 1500 years, from the Indian subcontinent to the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, the temple has embodied and symbolized the Hindu worldview at its deepest level and inspired the greatest architectural and artistic achievements in Hindu Asia. In The Hindu Temple, considered the standard introduction to the subject, George Michell explains the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of the temple. He illustrates his points with a profusion of photographs, building plans, and drawings of architectural details, making the book a useful guide for travelers to Asia as well as an illuminating text for students of architecture, religion, and Asian civilizations. Michell's discussion of the meaning and forms of the temple in Hindu society encompasses the awe-inspiring rock-cut temples at Ellora and Elephanta, the soaring superstructures and extraordinary sexual exhibitionism of the sculptures at Khajuraho, and the colossal mortuary temple of Angkor Vat, as well as the tiny iconic shrines that many Hindus wear around their necks and the simple shrines found under trees or near ponds.
First Chapter Is Introductory, Second Chapter Is Determination Of The Cardinal Points, Third Chapter Is Hindu System Of Surveying, Fourth Chapter Is Hindu Measurements, Fifth Chapter Is Hindu Proportions Or The Relation Between Length And Breadth, Sixth Chapter Is The Erimeter And The Yoni, Seventh Chapter Is Tests For Measurements, Eighth Chapter Is Hindu Fractions And Limiting Values, Ninth Chapter Is The Sacrificial Altars, Tenth Chapter Is Town Planning, Twelfth Chapter Is Sculpture, Thirteenth Chapter Is About Silpis, Who Are They?, Fourteenth Chapter Is Conclusion. In The Last Of The Book Dictionary Of Architectural Terms, Bibliography And Index Has Been Given.
A wonderful guide to the stunning temple architecture of India. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.