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Monuments of Mathura Vrindavan: Architectural and Engineering Aspects

Ambika Prasad Singh (Author)

The present work is the comprehensive study of architectural and engineering aspects of the monuments of Mathura-Vrindavan comprising history and cultural including the development of garding at monuments. The twin towns of Mathuea and Vrindavan are a well-known pillgrimage and cultural centre of India as well as itmay be regarded as cultural cradle of India also. The architural and engineering are analysed in the light of historical and archaeological evidence right from early date especially from Mughals to the times of Marathas. The first chapter discusses with Puranic- Brahmanical traditions including whole historical-survey with literature and political history of Mayhura from Mauryas to Marathas. Second chapter deals with patronage and contributions made by emoerors, kings and chieftains in building various monuments. A vivid description of architectural details of the monuments of Mughals, Jats and Maratha times have been referred to in the third and fourth chapters respectivelu. The fifth chapter deals with ebgineering aspects mentioning the literary -- evidence, artisans and their qualities, building materials, utilization of wood, brick construction as well as mortar and plaster for smooth surface including the development of gardening at monuments. Sixth chapter discusses woth river side ghats at Vrindavan and Mathura with their structural features and builders. The seventh chapter reflects to the aesthetic and decorative devices of monuments. With subsantiality of the subject, lastly, the conclusion (epilogue) has a glimpse of the whole work. Thus, an attempt has been made, from various sources to appraise the architectural, structural and engineering aspects of monuments for the objective to apprehend their evolution and ayatemic development process.

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About the author

Ambika Prasad Singh

Ambika Prasad Singh is known by his archaeological activities, his research papers and exploration reports published in numerous journals and department of Archaeology, U.P., respectively. His works are mainly related to archaeology, art, iconography, architecture and Jainology. He has received his education under the sble scholars of universities of Lucknow and Avadh. He completed his Ph.D. in early Puranas under the able guidance of Dr.G.S. Tewari (University of Avadh) and got important in-puts and suggestion from Prof. S.N. Misra (Lucknow University).He obtained valuable guidance in various fields of archaeology from Prof S.N. Singh, Ex Head of Deptt., Department of Geology, Lucknow University, Late Shri R.C. Singh, Director, U.P. State Archaeology, Kucknow, Prof. K.K. Thaplyal and Prof. R.Avasthi, University of Lucknow, Dr. Rakesh Tewari, Ex,Director General, Archaeology Survey of India, New Delhi and Prof. Amar Singh, Lucknow University, Lucknow. In about three decades of his career in Archaeology, he mainly held the posts of Regiona; Archaeological officer in Jhansi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur division. He has done extensive archaeological explorations in Bundelkhand division especially Lalitpur and Mohoba districta along with different regions in Allahabad and Gorakhour divisions as well as central and western parts of Uttar Pradesh which have been mostly published as exploration reports of state archaeology Deptt. and Archaeological Survey of India (Indian Archaeology: A Review) annual reports. He has actively participated in various seminars, conducted symposium and lextures in the field of archaeology.

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Title Monuments of Mathura Vrindavan: Architectural and Engineering Aspects
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.07.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789387587526
length 198p., Illustrations 85 Color Plates; 6 Maps; 28cm.