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Author Ray, Himanshu Prabha, author.

Title The Hindu temple & its sacred landscape / Himanshu Prabha Ray

Publication Info. San Rafael, CA : Mandala, an imprint of MandalaEarth, [2023]


Location Call No. Status
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  294.535 RAY    Check Shelf
Description xvii, 232 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Mandala Publishing series
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Mandala Publishing series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Hindu Temple and Its Sacred Landscape illustrates how careful attention to the Hindu temple, its social history, and cultural landscape allows us to better appreciate how Hinduism has been practised and lived throughout history. The Hindu temple was not merely a place of worship or a static indicator of royal generosity but an institution that involved the active participation of the community for its establishment, maintenance, and survival. Rather than studying temples as isolated structures, The Hindu Temple and Its Sacred Landscape thus suggests that we need to examine them in the context of their social base and the sacred microcosms of which they form a part. Through a combination of textual study, archaeological evidence, and insights from contemporary anthropology, the book explores the diverse ways in which devotees, patrons, and visitors have engaged with temples, shrines, and their wider surroundings. Drawing attention to the vibrancy of the Hindu temple in different locales, The Hindu Temple and Its Sacred Landscape traces the ways in which Hindu notions of sanctity and sacredness were defined and redefined throughout history through the diversity of temple audiences, deities, and rituals. The book thus allows us to form a more accurate picture of Hindu religious life in the past and the central role the temple has played in consolidating Hindu identity."-- Provided by publisher
Subject Hindu temples -- India -- History.
Hindu architecture -- India -- History.
Hindu architecture. (OCoLC)fst01729893
Hindu temples. (OCoLC)fst01729928
Hinduism. (OCoLC)fst00957121
India. (OCoLC)fst01210276
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Cover Title Hindu temple and its sacred landscape
ISBN 9781647229085 (hardcover)
1647229081 (hardcover)
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