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Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya Wooden Temples 1st Edition

by  O.C. Handa
Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya Wooden Temples 1st Edition,8173871159,9788173871153


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Publisher:Indus Publishing Company
Published In:2001
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:2.71 lbs
Pages:pp. 336, Figures, 128 Plates (Partly Col.), Maps, Index, Appendix, References, Biblio., Acknowledgement

The Title "Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya Wooden Temples 1st Edition" is written by O.C. Handa. This book was published in the year 2001. The ISBN number 8173871159|9788173871153 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. 336 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Indus Publishing Company. We have about 335 other great books from this publisher. Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya Wooden Temples 1st Edition is currently Available with us.

About the Book

The Western Himalayan region conjures up a vision of a vast mountainscape, with its snow-crested lofty peaks, verdant mountain slopes, cascading streams and sun-bathed glens and valleys. This region has been one of the most active and vibrant rendezvous for races and cultures since remotest times. Generation after generation, hordes of people, belonging to diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds, different religious beliefs and varying art-traditions have been pouring into this region from all directions.

This work strives to discover those racio-cultural strains, and presents a kaleidoscopic picture through the study of wooden temples of this region as a living and organic entity of the socio-cultural whole.

For proper understanding of the Western Himalayan wooden temples, it is essential that these are evaluated as the living and dynamic institutions of the society. For, these temples are so articulate in their silent expressions that by following their decorative details, one can recreate socio-cultural past of the society.

The present study, divided into two parts, deals with the socio-geographical mosaic, the racio-cultural background and discusses the factors responsible for the development of the wooden temple Architecture in this region. The classification of the wooden temples on their elevational peculiarities, etc. has been attempted. Typological analysis of these temples forms a very important component of the study. Attempt has also been made to set right certain glaring incongruities that have cropped up in the writings on the temple architecture and related topics of this region.

About the Author

Born in Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) on 2nd October 1936, Dr. O.C. Handa is an outstanding scholar, connoisseur of art and a persistent adventurer.

In his exploratory pursuits, he has successively undertaken several expeditions to the far-flung pockets in the Western Himalayan region upto the border of Tibet, mostly on foot. This underscores his interest and zeal in exploring antique but extant sources of history, art and culture of this region.

Dr. Handa did his post-graduation in History from University of Mysore, Ph.D. from Meerut University and D.Litt from Agra University - his speciality being the Buddhist Archaeology of the Western Himalayan region. Besides articles, research papers and radio and T.V. performances, He has numerous books on art, history and culture of the Western Himalayan region to his credit.

Dr. Handa was a fellow of Himachal Academy of Art, Languages & Culture, Shimla during 1984 - 1986; of Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi during 1991-1993; and of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 1996 - 1998.


List of Illustrations

Part I
1. Mountain System
2. The Siwalik Region
3. The Sub-Himalaya Region
4. The Mid-Himalaya Region
5. The Great Himalaya Region

A. Native Pantheology :
1. Cults of Naga
2. Cults of Native Goddesses
3. Cult of Mahasu
4. Minor Cults
5. Cult of Jamalu
6. Cult of Dom
7. Cult of Sirgul
8. Cult of Bijat
9. Cult of Baoindra
10. Cult of Banad
11. Cult of Jakh
12. Cult of Maishurs
13. Local Cults

B. Classical Pantheology :
1. Inroad of Brahmanical Traditions
2. Cults of Vedic Sages
3. Cults of Vedic Trinity
4. Cults of Shakti
5. Cults of Pandavas
6. Buddhist Cults
7. Organizational set-up of Deities
3. Temple Architecture : The Evolutionary Process

Part II
1. A Preview
2. Classification

1. Chamunda Devi Temple at Chamba
2. Lakshana Devi Temple at Bharmaur
3. Docha-Mocha Temple at Gajan in Kullu
4. Sandhya-Gayatri Temple at Jagatsukh

1. Durga Temple at Gushaini
2. Shiva-Shakti Temple at Chitrari
3. Vishnu Temple at Sajala
4. Pandava Temple at Masali
5. Naga Temple at Naldehra
6. Ratal Devata Temple at Sarog
7. Mahasu Devata Temple at Kashaini

1. Gondhala Castle in Chandra Valley
2. Castle Temple of Joginis at Chaini
3. Baneshwar Devata Temple at Pujarli
4. Thainag Devata Temple at Harwani
5. Kamaru Castle in the Baspa Valley
6. Castle Temple at Sapani
7. Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan
8. Durga Temple at Kiyari
9. Bijat Devata Temple at Sarhan (Chaupal)
10. Rairmool Temple at Kadharan
11. Baoindra Devata Temple at Bachhoonch
12. Jogini Temple at Sammarkot

1. Vasak Nag Temple at Gandh Top (Plain Pyramidal Type)
2. Lakeside Parashar Rishi (Naga) Temple at Uttarsal
3. Parashar Rishi (Naga) Temple at Phati-Khadihar (Kamand)
4. Adi Brahma Temple at Khokhan
5. Adi Purkha Temple at Tihri (Uttarsal)
6. Triyogi Narayan Temple at Dayar
7. Manu Rishi Temple at Shainsar
8. Hidimba Devi Temple at Dhungri (Manali)
9. Tripura Sundari Temple at Nagar

1. Mahadeva Temple at Behna
2. Jageshwar Mahadeva Temple at Dalash
3. Mahadeva Temple at Shamshar
4. Magaru Mahadeva Temple at Chhatari
5. Dakshineshwar Mahadeva Temple at Nirmand
6. Bhawani Temple at Manan
7. Koteshwar Mahadeva Temple at Koti
8. Gauri-Shankar Temple at Mamel
9. Maishur Temple at Sungra
10. Naga Devata Temple at Pangi
11. Karna Temple at Deorah (including Pokhu Devata Temple at Naitwar and Duryodhana Temple at Saur)
12. Markula Devi Temple at Udaipur
10. Circular-Roofed Temple
1. Durga Temple at Sharai-Koti
11. Composite Temple
1. Mahasu Devata Temple at Hanol
2. Bhagwati Temple at Lakhamandal