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Temples of Hampi (And Its Environs)

K.M. Suresh, Bharatiya Kala Prakashan, 2003, xxiv, 174 p, 71 colour plates, maps, ISBN : 818090010X, $66.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Temples of Hampi (And Its Environs)/K.M. Suresh

Contents: Foreword. Preface. I. Hampi and its environs. II. Historical perspective. III. Characteristic features of architecture. IV. Pre-Vijaynagara temples: 1. The Durga temple. 2. The Naganandisvara temple. 3. The Mallikarjuna temple. 4. The Mula-Virupaksha temple. 5. The Immadi Rachamallesvara temple. 6. The Bhuvanesvari temple. 7. The Saiva temple. 8. The Saiva temple. 9. The Saiva temple. 10. The twin (Dvi-Kuta) Saiva temple. 11. The Tri-Kuta temple no. 1 on the Hemakuta Hill. 12. The Tri-Kuta temple no. 2 on the Hemakuta Hill. 13. The Tri-Kuta temple no. 3 on the Hemakuta Hill. 14. The Siva temple west of Tri-Kuta temple no. 1. 15. The Siva temple north-east of Tri-Kuta temple no. 3. V. Vijayanagara temples: 1. The Virupaksha temple. 2. The Balakrishna temple. 3. The Uddana Virabhadra temple. 4. The Prasanna Virupaksha temple. 5. The Hazara Ramachandra Swamy temple. 6. The Chandrashekara temple. 7. The Parsvanatha Jinalaya. 8. The Kunthunatha Jinalaya. 9. The Pattabhirama temple. 10. The Malyavantha Raghunatha temple. 11. The Krishna temple. 12. The Vithala temple. 13. The Tiruvengalanatha (Achyutaraya) temple. 14. The Tirumangai Alvar temple. 15. The Narasimha temple. 16. The Saumya Somesvara temple, Nimbapura. 17. The Tri-Kuta Jinalaya, Anegundi. 18. The Mallikarjuna temple, Malapanagudi. 19. The Anantasayana temple, Ananatasayana Gudi. 20. The Nagendrasayana temple, Nagenahalli. 21. The Jambukesvara temple on the hill, Hospet. 22. The Sannakki Virabhadra temple, Hospet. 23. The Kanavi Virabhadra temple, Hospet. 24. The Tri-Kuta Siva temple, Timmalapura. VI. Conclusion. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.

"Hampi, now a semi-urban village is situated on the southern bank of river Tungabhadra in Hospet taluk, Bellary district, Karnataka played an important role as capital of mighty Hindu empire of Vijayanagara and stood as a bulwork against the onslaught of the northern invaders for nearly two and a half centuries (from 1336 to 1565 A.D.). The Vijayanagara rulers were tolerant towards all religions and constructed temples for Saiva, Vaishnava and Jains at Hampi and throughout their empire, thereby preserving art and culture of Karnataka. Hampi is noted for its magnificent temples and gopuras as popularly known as Raya-gopuras.

This work aims at presenting a detailed description of temples of Hampi and its environs with plans and photographs.

Chapters I and II deals with location, its environs and general history of Vijayanagara. Chapter III is on the main characteristic features of Vijayanagara architecture. Chapter IV gives detailed descriptions of Pre-Vijayanagara temples at Hampi while chapter V deals with detailed descriptions of select and important temples of Vijayanagara period at Hampi and its environs." (jacket)

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