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Encyclopaedia of Jaina Studies: Jaina Art & Architecture, Volume 1

Sagarmal Jain (Editor) Maruti Nandan Prasad Tiwari (Editor) Kamal Giri (Editor) Harihar Singh (Editor) Parshwanath Vidyapeeth Series

This volume entitled Jaina Art and Architecture is the first volume of the Encyclopaedia of Jaina Studies brought out by the Parshwanath Vidyapeeth to present a complete picture of the Jaina religion in its various aspects. The Encyclopaedia will cover, apart from Jaina art and architecture, Jaina spirituality, religious culture, Jaina literature, sciences, ceremonies, festivals and customs.

The first volume, in Part 1, showcases Jaina art and architecture from the earliest time to the thirteenth century AD, collecting and collating the entire material on the subject in a chronological order, or thematic order where necessary. It discusses secular and religious buildings of the Jaina tradition in detail, referring to specific examples for scrutiny like the ruined Jaina stupa of Mathura, rock-cut Jaina caves excavated throughout the country and structural Jaina temples of North and South India. It studies the evolution of the style of Jaina architecture in a particular region. In Part 2, the volume deals with important aspects of the renderings of the Jinas on the basis of texts and images and iconography of other Jaina gods and goddesses. Giving examples from different museums of India and abroad, it delves into the process of interaction between the Brahmanical and Jaina cults where the iconography of the Yakshas and Yakshis is concerned. Part 3 explores a variety of Jaina paintings especially Jaina miniature paintings that deal with the life of the tirthankaras and legends pertaining to the life and teachings of Jaina monks. The volume also discusses the wall paintings available in Jaina edifices of Ellora, Sittannavasala, and other places.

The volume has been written by eminent scholars of Jaina art and architecture. The text is well illustrated with numerous plates and has a glossary of technical terms and a detailed bibliography.

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About the authors

Sagarmal Jain

Prof. Sagarmal Jain is M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy, and Secretary of Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, India. He has held several academic positions; and over 25 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded under his supervision. He has authored more than 25 books and 150 research articles; edited 160 books; and participated in numerous seminars in India and abroad. He is the General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Jaina Studies.

Maruti Nandan Prasad Tiwari

Dr. Maruti Nandan Pd. Tiwari (b. 1949) M.A., Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of History of Art, Banaras Hindu University and has headed the Department for three terms under the rotation system. His publications deal extensively with different aspects of Indian art and iconography, specially Jaina art and iconography. He has many books to his credit including: Jaina Pratimavijnan (Hindi), Elements of Jaina Iconography, Ambika in Jaina Art and Literature, Khajuraho Ka Jaina Puratattva (Hindi), Jaina Kala Tirtha: Deogarh (Hindi, joint), Madhya Kalina Bharatiya Murtikala (Hindi, joint), Madhya Kalina Bharatiya Pratimalakshana (Hindi, joint). His academic pursuits and publications have brought several honours and awards to him. He was invited by the President of India to Rashtrapati Bhavan twice. He was awarded Acharya Narendra Deva Puraskar by Hindi Samsthan (U.P.) and Indira Gandhi National Raja Bhasha Award (Delhi). He has been invited for lectures, including Keynote Address at SOAS (London) and at University of Cardiff, UK; Nehru Centre, London and Berlin University (Germany).

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Kamal Giri

Prof. Kamal Giri, Hon. Joint Director, Jnana-Pravaha-Centre for Cultural Studies, Varanasi, recently retired from the Department of History of Art, Banaras Hindu University after completing thirty-three years of teaching assignment. She has published more than 100 research papers on different aspects of Indian Art and Culture and presented papers in the seminars in India and abroad. She has five books to her credit on Indian Art and Culture and presented papers in the seminars in India and abroad. She has five books to her credit on Indian Art and Culture. She has been the Assistant Editor of Chhavi: Felicitation Volume of Rai Krishnadas (1981) and the Editor of Khajuraho in Perspective (1994). She has also been editing Kala: The Journal of Indian Art History Congress since 1995-96.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encyclopaedia of Jaina Studies: Jaina Art & Architecture, Volume 1
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186715894
length xx+494p., Illustrations; Map; 29cm.