This book entitled, ‘Texts and Traditions: Technical aspects of Temple construction during the Vijayanagara period in Andhradesa’consists of five chapters. Chapter I – Introduction, Chapter II –Architectural features of Vijayangara temples, Chapter III – Texts and Traditions : techniques of temple construction during the Vijayanagara Period, Chapter IV – Techniques of Temple construction: A Case Study of Madana Gopala Swamy Temple, Jetprole, and Chapter V- Conclusions. In Chapter –II, the discussion on the Architectural features of Vijayangara temples began with plan a brief description on the, elevation, Individual   shrines, mandapas, gopuras, prakaras and rathas (stone Cars) of the Vijayanagara period. Chapter III, portrays information on Texts and Traditions: Techniques of temple constructions during the Vijayanagara Period is mentioned in the classical literature such as the Epics, Puranas, Agamas and Silpa Sastras. The Agamas, incidentally deal with architectural subjects; their contributions to the silpa- sastra are, however, more extensive and valuable. Some of the Agamas deal with very technical matters, which are not met with in the Puranas. Moreover some Agamas to all intents and purposes are but architectural treatises. In  Chapter IV, entitled Techniques of Temple Construction: A case study of Madana Gopala Swamy Temple, Jetprolu, it is detailed on the location of the village, historical background, Architecture, on plan and elevation of the temple, techniques of the temple construction right from selection of site till its completion. The last and penultimate Chapter IV is termed as Conclusions. This chapter draws conclusions of the research scholar and recapitulates the entire study right from setting the agenda for research till fulfilling the objectives of study through substantial data culled from the field survey, corroborating it with the texts and traditions.  The chapter also highlights the major achievements of the study and it is for the first time that such a rare attempt is made on enquiring into the Silpa and Agama texts and testing with the actual traditions and techniques that the silpins followed.

About the author

Dr. P Subramani born on 1.6.1955 underwent a 4 year course in traditional sculpture and architecture at S V institute for Traditional Sculpture and Architecture Tirupati. He did M. A from Andhra University Visakhapatnam  and M A (Jyotisham) and received M. Phil and Ph. D degree from P S Telugu University, Hyderabad. Received 2 gold medals for contribution in the fields of Art and Architecture from His Excellency the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. He is associated with many academic bodies like, The AP History Congress, Vasthu Vedic Research Foundation, Indian History Congress, Indian Art History Congress and participated in many seminars. Worked as Sthapati in Endowments Department and later taught traditional Sculpture and Architecture at SV Institute for Traditional Sculpture and Architecture, Tirupati for 32 years. He wrote books- viz., Prasada Lakshanam and Mana Devalayalu. He has built many temples all over India. He is now working as Sthapati in Vaishno Versatile  Ventures Pvt Ltd, Tirupati and incharge of the 108 temples project called Devlok. He is the recipient of Hamsa- Kalaratna Award, cash award and a of Rs. 50,000.00 from Government of Andhra Pradesh for excellence.

Publisher Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Author Dr. P.Subramani-Sthapathi, Dr.E.Sivanagi Reddy-Sthapathi
ISBN10 8180903991
Year 2017
ISBN13 9788180903991
Language English
Pages 112
Edition 1st
Binding Hardcover

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Temple construction during the Vijayanagara

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