Temple design in six early Saiva scriptures, critical ed. and tr. of the prasadalaksana-portions of the Brhatkalottara, Devyamata, Kirana, Mohacurottara, Mayasamgraha & Pingalamata
This book is a contribution to the history of Saiva temple-construction that furnishes for the first time an edition and translation of prescriptions given in some of the earliest known Sanskrit sources. The six works represented in this volume are all scriptures of the Mantramarga (tantras) transmitted to us in early (tenth- to thirteenth-century) manuscripts that have survived in the Kathmandu valley, and all of them, with the exception of the Pingalamata, belong to the Saivasiddhanta. As to the provenance of the texts themselves, the present state of our knowledge does not allow us to be certain, but none of them seems to have been composed in the Tamil-speaking South. This is significant because hitherto treatments of the architecture and iconography of temples have tended to be heavily skewed towards South Indian tantras of the second millennium. This is partly because many of these have been made more accessible in recent decades by the work of the French institutions of research in Pondicherry (the Raurava, Ajita, and Mayamata, for instance). But the tendency to give weight to the testimony of such sources was evident already in Rao's Elements of Hindu Iconography (1914), long before critical editions of agamic literature had begun to appear from Pondicherry. And yet it is clear that the iconographic themes that such literature prescribes were unknown before the construction of Chola-period temples in the Tamil-speaking South. The disconnect is similar for architectural prescriptions too.
ISBN 13: 9788184702286
ISBN 10: 8184702280
Language: SANSKRIT, ENGLISH
Pages etc.: 665p., (89)figs., (17)col., pls., (11)tabs. gloss., bib., 25cm.
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