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Temple architecture of Bengal : analysis of stylislic [i.e. stylistic] evolution from fifth to nineteenth century /

Temple architecture of Bengal :  analysis of stylislic [i.e. stylistic] evolution from fifth to nineteenth century /
DK Number:DK-219813
ISBN: 9789380648088
Title: Temple architecture of Bengal : analysis of stylislic [i.e. stylistic] evolution from fifth to nineteenth century /
Author: Sibabrata Halder, Manju Halder.
Imprint: Kolkata : Urbee Prakashan,
Physical Desc.: xiv, 272 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm.
Year: 2011
Price: USD 75.00
Subject Strings: Hindu temples--India--Bengal--History.
  Hindu architecture--India--Bengal.
  Hindu temples--India--Bengal--Design and construction.
  Stylistic succession.
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In India’s architectural history, temples of Bengal find just a cursory reference – as a small aberrant type. Applying correctives to this aberration, the authors here show how Bengal temple architecture, with its distinct regional style, merits a far wider recognition than it has been accorded so far.

Recorded evidence: notably archaeological and epigraphical, suggests that significant temple-building activity started in Bengal from the Gupta era (in early fifth century), when a large number of Vishnu and Shiva temples were built – with the revival of the Brahmanical faith. Later, during the Pala rule, several outstanding Buddhist structures came up throughout their territories. And the activity continued till the late medieval period. Sadly, most of these ancient structures have disappeared under the onslaughts of time, natural calamities, and adverse socio-political history. However, on the basis of the limited surviving examples, the authors show how temple architecture of Bengal forms one of the most distinctive groups among the sacred buildings of India.

The book explores the stylistic evolution of Bengal temple art -- covering a vast time-span of about 1,500 years: from the Gupta period that marked the beginning of a large-scale temple-building activity to its final flowering in the late medieval era when the region saw some of the finest terracotta temples. Making a close study of the representative temple types, it offers an in-depth analysis of their stylistic nuances – together with the architectural merits of the temples like, for instance, their unique design, significant typological innovations, scale of buildings, degree of terracotta embellishments, skills of execution and, of course, the present state of their preservation. Besides the Brahmanical Hindu temples, the authors study Bengal’s Jain temples and the Buddhist stupas and viharas as well. The book is generously illustrated with photographs, conjectural drawings, and maps.

Dr Sibabrata Halder and Dr Manju Halder, (both born, 1949), are Senior Professors, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
CHAPTER - IHINDU RELIGION AND TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE1-38
1.1 Religious Inspiration in Architecture
1.2 Origin of Temples
1.3 Hindu Concept of God Worship
1.4 Development of Temple Forms
1.5 Major Temple Styles in India
CHAPTER - IITEMPLE ARCHITECTURE IN BENGAL39-76
2.1 Bengal: The Contextual Settings
2.2 Geographical Influences
2.3 Historical Background
2.4 Social Influence
2.5 Royal Patronage
2.6 Temple Craftsmen or Sutradharas
2.7 Temple Styles in Bengal
CHAPTER - IIITEMPLE DESIGNS AND CONSTRUCTION PRINCIPLES77-129
3.1 Temple Locations and Orientation
3.2 Symbolism in Temple Designs
3.3 Temple Superstructures
3.4 External and Internal Embellishments
3.5 Building Materials
3.6 Construction Technique
3.7 Structural Vulnerabilities
CHAPTER - IVBUDDHIST ARCHITECTURE IN PALA ERA130-156
4.1 Buddhism in Bengal
4.2 Architecture of Buddhist Stupas and Viharas
4.3 Somapura Mahavihara at Paharpur
4.4 Jagajjibanpur Vihara at Malda
CHAPTER - VPRE-ISLAMIC HINDU TEMPLES157-190
5.1 Early Brahmanical Temples
5.2 The Jainism in Bengal & Jain Temples
5.3 Brahmanical Temples of the Pala-Sena Era
5.4 Siddeswara Temple at Bahulara
5.5 Laterite Rekha Deuls at Dihar
5.6 Begunia Group of Temple at Barakar
CHAPTER - VIBENGALI RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE191-256
6.1 Religious Environment in Mediaeval Bengal
6.2 Genesis of Bengali Renaissance Architecture
6.3 The Temple Characteristics
6.4 Vishnupur Group of Temples
6.5 Kalna - Guptipara Group
6.6 Birbhum - Murshidabad Group
6.7 Some Isolated Temples
Epilogue265
Selected Bibliography266
Glossary-Index267
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