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Chittorgadh Kirtti-Stambha of Maharana Kumbha

R. Nath (Author)

Maharana Kumbha of Mewar, who was the preceptor of medieval Indian renaissance, built his greatest monument, the Kirttistambha in the fort of Chittorgadh (Rajasthan) between 1440 and 1460 A.D. It is generally known by the misnomer 'Vijaya-Stambha' (The tower of victory), though it was not built to commemorate a military event. The author has examined here the fundamental question: what was the 'idea' which led to its incarnation in such a beautiful 'form', under such headings as 'Mahameru', 'Vedic Skambha', 'Trailokya-Mahagrha' and Garuda and Janardana Dhvaja-Stambha; enumerated the classical background of this thought and philosophy; and traced the various stages of its development, and representation thereof in stone. It has been architecturally studied and the sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses which make it an Illustrated Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and a unique work on medieval iconography, as much as on architecture, have been identified. Texts and translations of epigraphs including the Kirttistambha-Prasasti (which was carved on four stone-slabs); colophon-prasastis of his literary works; and Vastu-texts on kirttistambhas have been given in 12 appendices. The text is adequately illustrated by 16 figures and 48 b&w plates.

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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Title Chittorgadh Kirtti-Stambha of Maharana Kumbha
Author R. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173582
length xx+254p., Figures; Plates; Maps; Appendix; Notes; References; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.