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Monumental Heritage of Orissa: Art, Architecture, Culture and Conservation

G.C. Chauley (Author)
Synopsis The book deals with the religions, art, architecture, excavation and conservation of monuments of Orissa. It contains seven chapters. The Chapter I is devoted to Buddhism, discovery of Buddhist stupas, chaityas, monasteries through excavations at Lalitgiri/Udaigiri. The discovery of precious reliccaskets with sacred relic of Lord Buddha, huge Apsidal chaitya griha, large number of sculptures, seals, sealings, inscriptions hitherto unknown. In chapter II precious Jain heritages of Orissa begins with kharavela is incorporated, the Art and Architecture of the Twin caves of Udaygiri and Khadagiri and the sculptures of Orissa is dealt in details. In Chapter III and IV Brahmanical Hinduism of Orissa is incorporated along with growth and developments of temple architecture’s viz. Rekha, Pidha and Khakhara, Hypaethral, (circular), stellate styles are discussed vis a vis its sculptures/iconography of Saiva, Sakta, Saurya, Vaishnava and Ganapatya sects are narrated with special references of icons that are discovered on the outer walls of Sikhara of Lord Jagnnath Temple at Puri after deplastering and exposing the original glory of the Temple. In Chapter V an outline of the Art heritage of Orissa is dealt with all its branches viz. Stone, Terracotta, wood carvings, ivory works, paintings and repuse or filigree works etc. Chapter VI is devoted to outstanding conservations carried out by the author at Jagannath Puri, Sun temple at Konarak, wooden Mandapa of Kapliash etc. the last Chapter deals with maritime heritage of Orissa, legacy of car festival, environment and its effect on monuments and British cemetery at Balasore in Orissa.
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About the author

G.C. Chauley

Dr. G.C. Chauley, Director in the Archaeological Survey of India is well known as an Archaeologist, Conservation, Scholar. He has joined in the A.S.I. In 1970 and worked in different capacities as Curator of Museums, Dy. Superintending Archaeologist, Superintending Archaeologist. He earned name and fame for his outstanding excavation works viz. (i) lalitgiri in Orissa and discovery of Buddhist relic caskets, the 1st of its kind reported from East India (ii) Udaygiri (Madhavapur Mahavihar in Orissa) (iii) Sravasti in U.P. He is equally famous for his decades active involvements with the deplastering and conservation project of Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri and Kanthi Deul at Ratanpur in Bilaspur Dist. Besides a large number of monuments in Orissa, Chattisgarh and N. East India go facelifted, beautified and concerved under his personal care and supervision. He is also responsible for the reorganisations of Archaeological Museum at Bodhgaya, Vellah Goa, Lothal. He has in his credit over sixty five research papers on Art, Archaeology and Museology, Excavations and Conservations of monuments etc. published / presented in different journals and national and International Seminars. He has visited Jordan and Bangladesh under Cultural Exchange Programme for study of Monuments and museums of those countries.

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Title Monumental Heritage of Orissa: Art, Architecture, Culture and Conservation
Author G.C. Chauley
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185638195
length xxii+206p., 92 Plates; References; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.