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The Contemporary Hindu Temple: Fragments for a History

Shriya Sridharan (Author) A. Srivathsan (Author)

The Contemporary Hindu Temple takes as its subject the multiple forms of architecture, design and sociability that Hindu spaces of worship encompass today. The essays cover shrines located in urban and rururban India, where Hindu temples are being maintained, resuscitated or newly constructed at a rapid pace. The authors of the essays in this volume take the contemporary as a moment in which historic structures, modern renovations, evolving religiosities and new design and construction practices intersect and converge. This centres the temple in a landscape of automobility, wireless connectivity and economic reformation, at the crossroads of informal acts of insertion, formal planning and governmentality, or as an architect-designed structure consciously being pushed toward the fresh horizons that a changing society offers. By focusing on a variety of structures, large and small, on expansive forms of encroachment, and on incremental acts of negotiation and seemingly insignificant processes, small feelings and pieties, this book nuances and expands our understanding of the Hindu temple today. Contemporary Hindu temples raise aesthetic, economic, political and philosophical questions about the role of architecture in making a place for the sacred in society. This book presents the Hindu temple from the perspectives of institutions and individuals, including priests, building practitioners and worshippers, to consider what it means when the temple is no longer at the centre of Indic life, but has instead become one among several important sites of social praxis.

Contents: 1. Temple Renovation and Chettiar Patronage in Colonial Madras Presidency/Crispin Branfoot. 2. Resilient Monuments and Robust Deities: Renewing the Sacred Landscape and Making Heritage Sites in Contemporary Bengal/Pika Ghosh. 3. Sri Govinda Dham: Devotion in Grievance/Baishali Ghosh. 4. Vrindavan and the Drama of Keshi Ghat/John Stratton Hawley. 5. The Contemporaneity of Tradition: Expansion and Renovation of the Vedanta Desikar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai/Shriya Sridharan. 6. Svayambhu in the Park: Temples in Jayanagar, Bangalore/Annapurna Garimella. 7. New Iconographies: Gods in the Age of Kali/Vaishnavi Ramanathan. 8. The Contemporary Political Economy of Traditional Aesthetics and Materiality/Samuel K. Parker. 9. Sacredness Outside Tradition? Dilemmas in Designing Temples/A. Srivathsan.


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Title The Contemporary Hindu Temple: Fragments for a History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.07.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Marg Publications
Language: English
isbn 9789383243273
length 152p., 125plates.