Architecture and Sculpture of the Pushpagiri Temples

V V Subrahmanya Kumar, Kaveri Books, 2003, xvii, 158 p, 127 plates, illus, ISBN : 8174790500, $77.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Architecture and Sculpture of the Pushpagiri Temples/V.V. Subrahmanya Kumar

Contents: Introduction. 1. Historical background. 2. Temple architecture at Pushpagiri. 3. Sculpture and iconography of Siva. 4. Sculpture and iconography-Vishnu and other deity figures. 5. Narrative panels in the Chennakesava group of temples. 6. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

"This book is devoted to a study of the architectural, sculptural and iconographical wealth of the temples at Pushpagiri in the Cuddapah District of Andhra Pradesh. Dr. V.V.S. Kumar has given exhaustive descriptions of the temples of Pushpagiri (ranging from eleventh to sixteenth centuries A.D.) like Indranadhesvara, Rudra pada, Bhimesvara, Sakshimallesvara, Umamahesvara, Santanamallesvara and Chennakesava temples. The temples of Pushpagiri abound in narrative sculptures of the Vijayanagara period dealing with episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata, besides some interesting episodes relating to saivite mythology. A sincere attempt has been made to give exhaustive descriptions of as many narrative sculptures as possible.

"This book makes a highly informative and useful contribution to our knowledge of the architectural, sculptural and iconographical achievements of the Vijayanagara artists.

"Illustrated with one hundred and twenty seven photographs and three ground plans, this is a very useful book to museums, archaeologists, historians, research students and others interested in the subject." (jacket)

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