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The Royal Temple of Rajaraja

Geeta Vasudevan (Author)
Synopsis The Rajarajesvaram (Brihadisvara), the royal temple of the Cola monarch Rajaraja I, was the greatest monumental undertaking of the Colas. The inscriptions on its walls are a veritable registry of administrative details. The author, Dr. Geeta Vasudevan, has undertaken an indepth analysis of these inscriptions and examined the pivotal role of the royal temple in the economic, social, religious and political affairs of the empire. She convincingly puts forth the argument that the royal temples under the Middle Colas were instruments of imperial power and helped to enhance and consolidate Coal hegemony over a vast empire extending over 1000 kms from Andhra in the Noth to Northern Sri Lanka in the South. The thesis is also the first serious attempt to bring out the differences between bhakti temples (or temples sanctified through holy associations) and royal temples (or royal chapels of kings) ; the reasons the former have survived almost 1000 years as places of worship while many of
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About the author

Geeta Vasudevan

Dr. Geeta Vasudevan obtained her M.A. degree (1981) in Ancient History from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She took her M.Phil. and subsequently her Ph.D. (1992) from the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Madras. A keen scholar, she has contributed to several journals and volumes on culture and history. Her essays reinterpreting existing theories on the epics have been well received. Her commitment to the preservation of culture and history continues with her association as Director, Cultural Tourism with Dakshina Chitra the heritage center near Chennai.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Royal Temple of Rajaraja
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170173833
length 192p., Illustrations; Index; Maps; 29cm.