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Book on the Hindu Temple Architecture in India

The book titled ‘The Temple Architecture of India’ by Adam Hardy delves into the principles and processes underlying the designs of ancient Hindu Temples in India, which are architectural gems. The book traces the origins and formation of the Northern Nagara and Southern Dravida style of architecture. The period of these two classical architectures between 6th and 13th centuries is referred as the great age of Hindu temple construction.

‘The Temple Architecture of India’ traces the extraordinarily development of Northern Nagara and Southern Dravida style of architecture and role played by the cultural and religious values between 6th and 13th centuries in it. A short historical background of the temples without the usual dynasty categorization is major attraction.

The highlight of the book is the illustrations. In the quality drawings in the book, the complex Hindu temple architecture is dissected and is presented as simple components.

‘The Temple Architecture of India’ is divided into six parts. The first part looks at the social and religious backgrounds and their influence on the architecture. The second section searches for the inspiration for the Nagara and Dravida in earlier architecture, the third portion delves into temple design, the fourth and fifth sections detail the Nagara and Dravida architecture, and finally the sixth section talks about the future of temple architecture.

The book is ideal for people interested in the Hindu Temple Architecture.

Adam Hardy has been exploring the architecture of Indian temples for 25 years; it is the subject of his doctoral thesis and many of his subsequent publications.

The Temple Architecture of India
Adam Hardy
Published by: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Price: US $75.00