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Publisher:The Director General, Archaeological Survey of India
Published In:1978
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:3.17 lbs
Pages:xv + 296 Pages, Frontispiece, Figures, 75 Pages of Plates (2 Folded), Tables, Maps, Index, Glossary, Bibliography

The Title "An Architectural Survey of Temples of Kerala " is written by H. Sarkar. This book was published in the year 1978. This book has total of pp. xv + 296 (Pages). The publisher of this title is The Director General, Archaeological Survey of India. We have about 572 other great books from this publisher. An Architectural Survey of Temples of Kerala is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Kerala is a Land of Temples. And Temples Here, in a Sense, Were the Pivot of religious, social, economic and cultural life of the Malayalam people. But not much attention has been paid to the legacy of its temple-architecture until the present author conducted a rapid survey of temples on the west coast between the years 1969 and 1971. The present monograph attempts at summarizing the result of this reconnaissance, covering all the Districts. For the purpose of comparison, the survey was extended to the heart of Tulunadu as well. Though beset by many a difficulty, quite voluminous data have been collected; and indeed, there are innumerable temples each deserving a separate treatment of its own. None the less, an effort has been made to classify and periodize the available data with a view to presenting a picture of the evolution of Kerala's temple-architecture. In this process of analysis, many temples, well-known from religious or pilgrims' point of view, received lesser attention. Further, these are the temples where restrictions are too many, sometimes even making it difficult to have a close look of the interior, not to speak of preparation of drawings. Yet it must be recorded here that the present study achieved success because of the unstinted cooperation that individual priests offered in getting the measurements of the shrine-interior, an area still out of bounds for anybody except the concerned priest.

Contents

Preface

Chap. I : INTRODUCTION
Chap. II : THE BACKGROUND :
1. Geographical
2. Historical :
A. Early Cheras and their Contemporaries
B. The Ay-vels
C. The Second Chera Dynasty
D. The Mushikas
E. The Venadu rulers
F. The Zamorins of Calicut
G. Contact with European Powers
H. The Vijayanagara Rulers and the Nayakas
I. Rise of Centralized Administration

3. Architectural :
A. Introduction
B. The Chera rock-shelter
C. The Cave-temples
D. Relics of Buddhism
E. Jaina Vestiges

Chap. III : ARCHITECTURE :
1. Introduction
2. Beginnings
3. Building Materials
4. Types of Ground-plan and their Distribution
5. Different Aspects of Elevation :
A. General
B. The Adhishthana
C. The Bhitti and Prastara

6. The Shrine-Interior
7. Minor Features :
A. General
B. The Sopana
C. The Pranala
D. The Balipitha

8. The Phases :
A. General
B. The Early phase (A.D. 800-1000)
C. The Middle phase (A.D. 1001-1300)
D. The Late phase (A.D. 1301-1800)

9. Influences

Chap. IV : ART AND ICONOGRAPHY :
1. Introduction
2. Stone-sculptures :
A. Early phase
B. Middle phase
C. Late phase

3. Images in Clay or Stucco
4. Wood-sculptures
5. Metal-sculptures
6. Mural paintings

Chap. V : EARLY PHASE :
1. Introduction
2. Temples in Ay Country :
A. Introduction
B. Square Dravida shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Parthivasekharapuram : Parthasarathi temple
b. Munjira : Siva temple in Tirumalai temple-complex
c. Vilinjam : Siva temple

C. Rectangular Dravida shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Vilinjam : Bhagavati temple

D. Square Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Kazhakutam : Mahadeva temple

E. Circular Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Perumpaladur : The site of Naranattukkavu

3. Temples in Chera Country :
A. Introduction
B. Square Dravida shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Netirimangalam : Siva temple

C. Square Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Tirukkulasekharapuram : Krishna temple
b. Methala near Thiruvanchikulam : Kilatali Siva temple
c. Tali : Siva or Nityavicharesvara temple
d. Panniyur : Lakshminarayana shrine in Ayyappan temple-complex

D. Circular Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Polpulli : Ruined Siva temple
b. Kaviyur : Siva temple

E. Apsidal Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Manjeri : Ayyappan shrine in Karikkad-kshetram
b. Triprangod : Kalasamharamurti temple
c. Trikkandiyur : Siva temple
d. Tiruvannur : Siva temple

4. Temples in Mushika Country :
A. Introduction
B. Square Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Eraman : Chalappurattu-ambalam
b. Kannapuram : Kuruvakkava temple
c. Tricchambaram : Rajarajesvara temple
d. Tricchambaram : Krishna temple

C. Circular Dravida-Kerala shrine :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Ramantali : Narayankannur temple

Chap. VI : MIDDLE PHASE :
1. Introduction
2. Square shrine :
A. Dravida :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Chalapuram : Kattilmadam

B. Dravida-Kerala :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Peruvanam : Madattilappan shrine
b. Edappal : Sukapuram Dakshinamurti temple
c. Maniyur : Subrahmanya temple
d. Pullur : Sri Kodavalam Vishnu temple
e. Anantapuram : Anantapadmanabhasvami temple

3. Circular shrine :
A. Dravida-Kerala :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Manjeri : Subrahmanya shrine in Karikkad-kshetram
b. Pulpatta : Siva temple
c. Trichur : Vadakkunnatha temple
d. Triprayar : Rama temple
e. Peruvanam : Irattayappan shrine
f. Tirunillai : Siva temple
g. Venganellur : Tiruvembilappan temple
h. Udayamperur : Peruntirukkoyil
i. Nemam : Niramankara temple
j. Punalur : Sri Trikotesvara Mahadeva temple

4. Apsidal shrine :
A. Dravida-Kerala :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Kizhavellur : Vamana temple
b. Panjal : Sri Ayyappankavu temple
c. Nedumpura : Siva temple
d. Triprangod : Kalasamharamurti temple
e. Trikkandiyur : Siva temple
f. Tiruvannur : Siva temple

Chap. VII : LATE PHASE :
1. Introduction
2. Square shrine :
A. Dravida :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Quilon : Ganapati temple
b. Quilon : Sri Ramesvara temple
c. Kanjirapalli : Ganapati temple

B. Dravida-Kerala :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Kalpathi (Palghat) : Visvanatha temple
b. Podiyal : Krishna temple
c. Udayanapuram : Subrahmanya temple
d. Kozhikode : Tali temple
e. Chengannur : Narasimha temple

3. Circular shrine :
A. General
B. Dravida :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Tiruvallam : Parasuramesvara temple
b. Valaya-Udayadichchapuram : Sri Valaya-Udayesvaram temple

C. Dravida-Kerala :
i. General
ii. Description :
a. Navaikulam : Sri Sankaranarayana temple
b. Ettumanur : Siva temple
c. Tiruvalattur : Bhagavati temple

4. Apsidal shrine :
A. General
B. Dravida-Kerala :
i. Description :
a. Payynnur : Subrahmanya temple
b. Mangalapadi : Sadasiva temple
c. Aduru : Mahalingesvara temple

5. Elliptical shrine :
A. General
B. Dravida-Kerala :
i. Description :
a. Vaikam : Siva temple

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