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Temples of Hampi

 
K M Suresh (Author)
Synopsis Hampi, now a semi-urban village is situated on the southern bank of river Tungabhadra in Hospet Taluk, Bellary district, Karnataka played an important role as capital of mighty Hindu empire of Vijayanagara and stood as a bulwork against the onslaught of the northern invaders for nearly two and a half centuries (from 1336 to 1565 A.D.). The Vijayanagara rulers were tolerant towards all religions and constructed temples for Saiva, Vaishnava and Jains at Hampi and throughout their empire, thereby preserving are and culture of Karnataka. Hampi is noted for its magificient temples and gopuras as popularly known as Raya-gopuras. This work aims at presenting a detailed description of Temples of Hampi and its Evirons with plans and photographs. Chapters I and II deals with location, its environs and general history of Vijayanagar, Chapter III is on the main characterstic features of Vijayanagara architecture, Chapterr IV gives detailed descriptions of Pre-Vijayanagara temples at Hampi while Chapter V deals with detailed descriptions of select and important temples of vijayanagara period at Hampi and its Environs.
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About the author

K M Suresh

Dr. K.M. Suresh (B. 1952) presently working as Director (Museum) in the Kannada University, Hampi, Vidyaranya-583276, in Karnataka, obtained his Master's Degree from Karnataka University, Dharwar in 1974 and P.G. Diploma in Archaeology, from Institute of Achaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. In 1986. He obtained Ph.D., Degree from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, in 1992 on 'Sculptural Art of Hampi-Vijayanagara'. Since his inception in the Arachaeological Survey of India from 1976 to 1996, he served in various capacities in the Archaeological Museum at Bijapur, Hampi, Aihole and Badami in Karnataka and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. He has been active field worker and excavator in the Excavation Branch IV or Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubneswar in Orissa. Dr. Suresh's other works are Sculptural art of Hampi-Vijayanagara; Saivite Sculptures of Khajuraho; Iconography of Vishnu from Khajuraho; Kandariya Mahadeva temple at Khajuraho; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Bellary District; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Koppal District; Hemakuta: Recent Researches in Archaeology and Museology (Shri C.T.M. Kotraiah's Felicitation Volume). Forthcoming works are Temples of Karnataka (Ground Plans and Elevation); Forts of Vijayanagara; Panchatantra; Facet Researched in Archaeology, (Dr. C.S. Patil's Commemoration Volume). He has contri-buted several research papers for leading Journals and Felicitation Volumes. He is member for many academic societies and a guide to Ph.D., scholars in the Kannada University, Hampi.

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Title Temples of Hampi
Author K M Suresh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818090010X
length xxiv+174p., Col. Plates; Maps; Plans; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.