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108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss

Avey Varghese , Niyogi Books, 2016, 468 p, 413 photographs, 2 maps and 19 plates, ISBN : 9789385285370, $85.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss

108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss is a pictorial journey into ancient architecture and the art of temple construction with interesting trivia about 106 Vishnu temples, collectively known as the 108 Divya Desams amongst Vaishnavites, more particularly Vaishnavites from South India. Laden with historic, religious and architectural eminence, these temples, distributed across India – eighty-four in Tamil Nadu; eleven in Kerala; two in Andhra Pradesh; eight in North India and one in Nepal – often remained concealed in the folds of history.

With vivid images and interesting trivia regarding the temples’ history, architectural brilliance, art forms, rituals and landscapes, the book is aimed at connoisseurs of art and literature. Miniscule details include directions to reach the temple, proximal towns, festivals celebrated at the temple, the sacred ponds and trees associated with them as part of the text.

The book opens up an incredibly fresh experience of knowing these veiled jewels from the pages of the past. The photographs elucidate the author-photographer’s eye for detail and impeccable framing, making them seem life-like and touches the soul of the beholder. (jacket)

 

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