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Narrative Art of South Indian Temples (Srisailam)

G. Venkataramayya (Author)
Synopsis The Book mainly focuses attention on the following aspects. In the introductory part, a brief review about temple studies in India and in Andhra Pradesh and in particular the significance of Srisailam and its Prakara well literacy importance are discussed in detail. The various dimensions namely, geographical, historical and religious are closely examined. The patronage by various dynastic rulers leading to the physical growth of Srisailam temple complex, the prevalence of various Saivite sects such as Pasupatha, Kalamukha, and Sakti cults, all throwing light on the religious significance. All these are presented on the basis of archaeological and literary sources from Telugu and Sanskrit. Nearly fifty narrations in religious and secular spheres are broadly explained. The stories are particularly related to a common man like washerman, fisherman, Chenchy tribe and down caste bhaktas, who got moksha and ultimately reach Siva. Besides the sculptures, which represent yoga, tapa, yajna, yaga, poojas, crimes and punishments, procession, dance and music are widely emphasized. The material culture identified in the sculptures generally comprising of architecture, costumes, ornaments, hair styles, head dresses, household objects, religious objects, furniture, musical instruments, line drawings. The rich faunal representations of both royal and tribal hunting are clearly mentioned. As the book being a significant contribution, the stories of common man can nowhere be heard except in Srisailam. This is not an exaggeration to state that this book would certainly be an additional contribution to the existing literature in Art and it would become more useful to the research scholars.
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About the author

G. Venkataramayya

Dr. G. Venkataramayya: born in 1956 in the village Golugondapeta, Nathavaram Mandal of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. He got MA (Archaeology) MA (History) and M.Phil degrees from Andhra University. He obtained the first Ph.D. degree from School of History, culture and Archaeology, P.s. Telugu University, Srisailam Campus under the astute guidance of Prof. K. Thimma Reddy. He began his academic career in PS Telugu University in 1987 and presently working as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Epigraphy and Written Records. He is an expertise in Art and Architecture, Temple Studies. His interest in People’s culture during Medieval Andhra reflects in the M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees awarded under guidance. The research project entitled Kalinga Temples in Andhra done by him authored 30 research papers and three book namely. 1. Srisailam A Pilgrim Centre in the Midst of Nature, 2. Srisaila Silpalu Bhaktula Kathalu and 3. Andhra Desa Alaya Kshetralu. Under his guidance 1. Ph.D. and 19 M.Phils are awarded. Presently 7 Ph.Ds and 3 M.Phils are in progress. Now he is also the Life Member in progressional body of A.P. History Congress.

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Title Narrative Art of South Indian Temples (Srisailam)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818090069X
length xviii+160p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.