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Temples of South India

Surendra Sahai (Author)
Synopsis Temples of south India, Authored by Dr. Surendra Sahai should rank amongst the most comprehensive and scholarly books written on temples in the peninsula. The huge canvas presented a daunting task involving tremendous research work and great photography.

Great temple towns like Pattadakal, Kanchipuram Chidambaram, Srirangam, Madurai and Rameshwaram still draw millions of devotees, Cynics, historians, tourists and photographers from distant lands, no one goes back withour a rewarding experience of a lifetime. The architectural splendour of these gigantic temples and their aura of spiritual glory is an unforgettable experience.

Why don′t we build temples like these anymore? There are skyscrapers, glass monstrosities concrete forests, nut nothing to match the artistic and spiritual splendour of these temples build centuries ago. Mathew Arnold, the Victorian poet, writes about this “strange disease of modern life”-disillusionment and loss of faith in the higher values of life:

″the sea of faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth′s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl′d . But now I Hear Its Melancholy, long withdrawing roar Retreating to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world″

If, besides adding to our knowledge of these monumental temples of faith, the book rekindles that extinguished glimmer of hope and faith in our minds, it will be greatly rewarding.

Dr Surnedra Sahai provides an extremely well-researched text and exquisite photographs shot at both famous and remote, forgotten places.
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About the author

Surendra Sahai

Dr. Surendra Sahai is a distinguished author specialising in medieval Indian art and architecture. He has traveled widely to study and photograph the monuments for this book. His fascination for the subjects has transformed the story of cold, grey stones into a significant chronicle recounting the creation of various architectural styles over the centuries. This book combines immense scholarship and a commendable felicity of language. Dr. Sahai is an eminent photographer. His work has featured in collections of the World’s Best Photographs London Magazine, Amateur Photographer, Practical Photography etc. He regularly contributes articles on art and architecture to Indian and foreign journals. Dr. Sahai studied English literature at the Universities of Lucknow and London. As a British Council scholar, he worked on the plays of Harold Pinter. The University of Salzburg, Austria has published his book. Dr. Surendra Sahai is a reader in English at Motilal Nehru College of Delhi University.

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Bibliographic information

Title Temples of South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788172343538
length 260p., Col. Illustrations; 29cm.