TEMPLES OF RAJASTHAN
line ills., col. and b&w ills., gloss., indexes, ISBN: 81-7017-348-5, Rs.
The Jain temples at Dilwāṛā in Mount Ābu evoke a sense
of awe for their sculptural artistry. Unnamed artists who had, for
years, created exquisite pieces in ivory, now worked with marble,
sculpting ceiling and domes, columns and walls, creating works of
unparalleled beauty. They carried forward, and deepened, a rich
tradition of temple building in India, with their plethora of images
from Indian myths and legends. The most outstanding feature of these
temples are the thousand-petalled lotuses that decorate the domes in
the raṅgamaṇḍapas, signifying a very highly evolved technical and
Some 200 km away from the Mount Ābu, in Ranakpur, the Ādīśvara Temple
is an achievement of a different kind. It is renowned for its
architectural splendour; a thousand columns that define its wondrous
spaces are all unique, as no two are alike.
temples as nodal points for a photographic and a reflective study,
Prof. Sehdev Kumar explores the artistic nuances of these temples in
the context of the rich tradition of temple architecture and
iconography in India.