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ŚILPARATNAKOŚA
A Glossary of Orissan Temple Architecture

by
STHĀPAKA ŚRĪ NIRAŃJANA MAHĀPĀTRA

(KMS No. 16)

Critically edited with English translation and illustrations by
BETTINA BAUMER and RAJENDRA PRASAD DAS

1994, ix+228 pp.,illus., plates, gloss., bibl., indexes, ISBN: 81-208-1216-0, Rs 400 (HB)


The Śilparatnakośa is a seventeenth-century CE Orissan text describing all the parts of the temple and the most important temple types of Orissa, such as the Mańjuśrī and Khākāra. It also contains a section on sculpture (Prāsādamūrti) and an appendix on image-making. The text, though much later than the temples described, reflects the still-living tradition and contributes much to clarify the terminology of Orissan temple architecture. It also contains interesting references to the symbolism of the temple and its elements. The most important contribution of this text, however, lies in the identification of the Mańjuśrī Temple with the Śrīcakra, which has helped to re-identify the Rājarānī Temple at Bhubaneswar as a temple dedicated to Rājarājeśvarī in the form of a Śrīcakra.
 

 

 

 


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