Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Art and Architecture > The Temples of Bikkavolu
Displaying 1294 of 1595         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Temples of Bikkavolu
Pages from the book
The Temples of Bikkavolu
Look Inside the Book
Description
From the Jacket:

 

This book is a pioneering study on the contribution of Eastern Chalukyas to the art and architecture of Andhradesa. Bikkavolu is located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, where a group of six fine temples are existing. The Bikkavolu temples though not included in the Pancharamas, from the earliest group and typical examples of the Dravidian style of architecture in the heart of coastal Andhra. The three temples located on the outskirts of the Bikkavolu village from the early group, with cognate architectural features and the other temples located within the village belong to a later group. On a comparison of the art and architectural features the Early Chalukya and Rastrakuta temples the early group of temples is dated to late ninth century AD, particularly to the reign of Gunaga Vijayaditya (AD 848-92) and the later group to late eleventh century AD, particularly to the reign of Rajaraja Narendra (AD 1022-61) or Vijayaditya VII (AD 1061-75). The work is fully based upon field study of the temples, profusely illustrated with photographs of the temples, the architecture sculpture and iconography along with the ground plans.

 

 

About the Author:

 

Dr. S. Nageswara Rao took his M.A., Ph.D. degrees in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Andhra University in 1976 and 1983 respectively. After serving a brief period (1982-85) in the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh, he joined the teaching faculty of History and Archaeology of Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam in 1985. He is at present Associate Professor and a member of the P.G. Board of Studies in History and Archaeology. His specialization includes Indian Art and Architecture and Conservation and Museology.

Preface

The present work relates to the study of six temples in the village of Bikkavolu in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. They belong to the early medieval period and can be dated from late ninth century AD to late eleventh century AD. They form typical examples of the southern style of temple architecture in the heart of coastal Andhra constructed under the patronage of the Eastern Chalukyas. They are a compact and cognate group with individual charac- teristics of their own. Scholars like C. Sivaramamurti, M. Rama Rao and K.V. Soundara Rajan have recognised the historical importance of these temples - and made a preliminary study of their architectural and sculptural wealth. In the present work, I have made an attempt at a comprehensive and detailed study of the cultural contribution of Bikkavolu temples and their unique place in the history of the temple architecture of Andhra.

The work is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is an introductory one, dealing with the geographical setting of the village and the general land- scape of the East Godavari district. The origin and evolution of the present name of the "Bikkavolu" village is also delineated upon in this chapter. In the second chapter, the historical background of Bikkavolu and the surrounding region is traced. The political history of the Eastern Chalukyas, who exercised power in the coastal Andhra for over four and a half centuries and their relations with the contemporary rulers is stressed in this chapter. The historical background of the temples becomes essential to understand the immigration of cultural traditions from different regions. In the next chapter, the architectural devices and their peculiarities are studied. The architecture of Bikkavolu temples is a southern order and affiliated to the milieu of Karnataka rather than that of Tamil Nadu. Still the traces of Tamil Nadu architectural characteristics can be noticed. For this, a brief note on the genesis of south Indian temple architecture in the two regions of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is elucidated. In the fourth chapter, an analysis of the sculptural wealth and the iconography of the temples are given. The whole treasure of sculpture at Bikkavolu is divided into five categories: (1) cult-icons, which include the worshipping deities and their parsva and parivaradevatas, (2) semi-divine figures consisting of the nagas, dvarapalakas, the river Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, sura- sundaris, gandharvas and torana motifs, (3) secular human figures include the mithunas, musicians, dancers, ascetics and other domestic scenes which illustrate incidents from the social life of the people, (4) the floral, and (5) the animal motifs. In the analysis of the sculpture, an attempt is made to sketch the contemporary cultural history depicted in the sculpture. The iconography consists of various forms of Saivite, Vaisnavite and Sakta images. The most important Saivite images found Bikkavolu are: Alingana-Chandrasekhara- murti, Nataraja, Ravana lifting mount Kailasa, Bhiksatanamurti, Virabhadra, Tripurantakamurti, Ekapadamurti, Lakulisa, Ganesa, and Kartikeya. The Vaisnavite iconography includes the Sthanakarnurtis of Visnu, one of the Dasavataras of Visnu as Narasirnha and Balakrsna killing the wicked demon Purana-s-elucidating one of the miracles of Krsna as a child. The Sakti iconography consists of Mahisarnardini, Durga and some of the Saptarnatrkas, Kaumari, Chamunda, and Gomata. Only one syncretic icon is found at Bikkavolu. There are also the images of Surya and Brahma and some of the Astadikpalakas like Indra, Vayu and Agni. Like sculpture, the iconography also was subjected to the various regional influences coming from the adjacent areas. In the analysis of iconography, various Sanskrit texts have been consulted.

In the conclusion, a brief review of the earlier chapters is given and basing on the analysis of architecture, sculpture and iconography, an attempt is made to fix the chronology of the temples. The Nakkalagudi and Kansaragudi are the earliest of the six temples and dated to the late ninth century AD particularly to the reign of Gunaga Vijayaditya (AD 848-92). The rest of the temples Virabhadra, Golingesvara, Rajarajesvara and Chandrasekhara belong to the late eleventh century AD and assigned either to the reign of Rajaraja a Narendra (AD 1022-62) or Vijayaditya VII (AD 1061-75).

In studying the temple architecture, I have adopted the nomenclature and method followed by scholars like K.R. Srinivasan and K.V. Soundara Rajan.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Illustrations vii
Figures ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Historical Background 4
Chapter 3. Architecture of the Temples 24
Chapter 4. Sculpture and Iconography 59
Chapter 5. Conclusion 116
Bibliography 129
Index 137

 

Sample Pages



 

 


Free Shipping. Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

The Temples of Bikkavolu

Deal 15% Off
Item Code:
IDE103
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
ISBN:
81-215-1029-5
Language:
English
Size:
9.8" X 7.4"
Pages:
157 (B & W Illus: 58, Figures: 5)
Other Details:
Weight of Book 674 gms
Price:
$65.00
Discounted:
$55.25   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
You Save:
$9.75 (15%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Temples of Bikkavolu

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 8333 times since 16th Oct, 2009
From the Jacket:

 

This book is a pioneering study on the contribution of Eastern Chalukyas to the art and architecture of Andhradesa. Bikkavolu is located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, where a group of six fine temples are existing. The Bikkavolu temples though not included in the Pancharamas, from the earliest group and typical examples of the Dravidian style of architecture in the heart of coastal Andhra. The three temples located on the outskirts of the Bikkavolu village from the early group, with cognate architectural features and the other temples located within the village belong to a later group. On a comparison of the art and architectural features the Early Chalukya and Rastrakuta temples the early group of temples is dated to late ninth century AD, particularly to the reign of Gunaga Vijayaditya (AD 848-92) and the later group to late eleventh century AD, particularly to the reign of Rajaraja Narendra (AD 1022-61) or Vijayaditya VII (AD 1061-75). The work is fully based upon field study of the temples, profusely illustrated with photographs of the temples, the architecture sculpture and iconography along with the ground plans.

 

 

About the Author:

 

Dr. S. Nageswara Rao took his M.A., Ph.D. degrees in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Andhra University in 1976 and 1983 respectively. After serving a brief period (1982-85) in the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh, he joined the teaching faculty of History and Archaeology of Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam in 1985. He is at present Associate Professor and a member of the P.G. Board of Studies in History and Archaeology. His specialization includes Indian Art and Architecture and Conservation and Museology.

Preface

The present work relates to the study of six temples in the village of Bikkavolu in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. They belong to the early medieval period and can be dated from late ninth century AD to late eleventh century AD. They form typical examples of the southern style of temple architecture in the heart of coastal Andhra constructed under the patronage of the Eastern Chalukyas. They are a compact and cognate group with individual charac- teristics of their own. Scholars like C. Sivaramamurti, M. Rama Rao and K.V. Soundara Rajan have recognised the historical importance of these temples - and made a preliminary study of their architectural and sculptural wealth. In the present work, I have made an attempt at a comprehensive and detailed study of the cultural contribution of Bikkavolu temples and their unique place in the history of the temple architecture of Andhra.

The work is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is an introductory one, dealing with the geographical setting of the village and the general land- scape of the East Godavari district. The origin and evolution of the present name of the "Bikkavolu" village is also delineated upon in this chapter. In the second chapter, the historical background of Bikkavolu and the surrounding region is traced. The political history of the Eastern Chalukyas, who exercised power in the coastal Andhra for over four and a half centuries and their relations with the contemporary rulers is stressed in this chapter. The historical background of the temples becomes essential to understand the immigration of cultural traditions from different regions. In the next chapter, the architectural devices and their peculiarities are studied. The architecture of Bikkavolu temples is a southern order and affiliated to the milieu of Karnataka rather than that of Tamil Nadu. Still the traces of Tamil Nadu architectural characteristics can be noticed. For this, a brief note on the genesis of south Indian temple architecture in the two regions of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is elucidated. In the fourth chapter, an analysis of the sculptural wealth and the iconography of the temples are given. The whole treasure of sculpture at Bikkavolu is divided into five categories: (1) cult-icons, which include the worshipping deities and their parsva and parivaradevatas, (2) semi-divine figures consisting of the nagas, dvarapalakas, the river Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, sura- sundaris, gandharvas and torana motifs, (3) secular human figures include the mithunas, musicians, dancers, ascetics and other domestic scenes which illustrate incidents from the social life of the people, (4) the floral, and (5) the animal motifs. In the analysis of the sculpture, an attempt is made to sketch the contemporary cultural history depicted in the sculpture. The iconography consists of various forms of Saivite, Vaisnavite and Sakta images. The most important Saivite images found Bikkavolu are: Alingana-Chandrasekhara- murti, Nataraja, Ravana lifting mount Kailasa, Bhiksatanamurti, Virabhadra, Tripurantakamurti, Ekapadamurti, Lakulisa, Ganesa, and Kartikeya. The Vaisnavite iconography includes the Sthanakarnurtis of Visnu, one of the Dasavataras of Visnu as Narasirnha and Balakrsna killing the wicked demon Purana-s-elucidating one of the miracles of Krsna as a child. The Sakti iconography consists of Mahisarnardini, Durga and some of the Saptarnatrkas, Kaumari, Chamunda, and Gomata. Only one syncretic icon is found at Bikkavolu. There are also the images of Surya and Brahma and some of the Astadikpalakas like Indra, Vayu and Agni. Like sculpture, the iconography also was subjected to the various regional influences coming from the adjacent areas. In the analysis of iconography, various Sanskrit texts have been consulted.

In the conclusion, a brief review of the earlier chapters is given and basing on the analysis of architecture, sculpture and iconography, an attempt is made to fix the chronology of the temples. The Nakkalagudi and Kansaragudi are the earliest of the six temples and dated to the late ninth century AD particularly to the reign of Gunaga Vijayaditya (AD 848-92). The rest of the temples Virabhadra, Golingesvara, Rajarajesvara and Chandrasekhara belong to the late eleventh century AD and assigned either to the reign of Rajaraja a Narendra (AD 1022-62) or Vijayaditya VII (AD 1061-75).

In studying the temple architecture, I have adopted the nomenclature and method followed by scholars like K.R. Srinivasan and K.V. Soundara Rajan.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Illustrations vii
Figures ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Historical Background 4
Chapter 3. Architecture of the Temples 24
Chapter 4. Sculpture and Iconography 59
Chapter 5. Conclusion 116
Bibliography 129
Index 137

 

Sample Pages



 

 


Free Shipping. Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Temples of India (Set of 4 Audio CDs)
Times Music (2007)
Item Code: ICT067
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Pair of Tibetan Buddhist Temple Lions
Brass Statue
5.0 inch x 7.0 inch x 3.0 inch
2.6 kg
Item Code: ZBO65
$195.00
Backorder
Backorder
Dancing Ganesha Temple Hanging Four Wick Lamp
Brass
10.0 inch x 7.0 inch x 7.0 inch
Chain Length-26 inch
2.0 kg
Item Code: ZBF05
$155.00
Backorder
Backorder
Tibetan Buddhist Folding Temple of Buddha
Brass Statue
7.5" X 8.5"
2.4 Kg
Item Code: EK73
$240.00
Backorder
Backorder
Apricot-Brandy Kanjivaram Sari from Bangalore with Wide Temple Border
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size
Item Code: SDG34
$495.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Lord Hanuman Temple Hanging Bell
Brass Statue
13.5 inch x 11.0 inch x 11.0 inch
35.0 inch- Chain Length
16.5 kg
Item Code: ZBN78
$695.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ready to Wear Dhoti and Angavastram Set with Woven Temple Border
Ready to Wear Dhoti and Angavastram Set with Woven Temple BorderReady to Wear Dhoti and Angavastram Set with Woven Temple Border
Pure Cotton
Free Size
Item Code: SPD86
$45.00
Color:
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tibetan Buddhist Folding Temple of Buddha
Brass Statue
7.5 inch x 8.5 inch x 1.5 inch
2.55 kg
Item Code: ZBN59
$195.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Saiva Temple of India (A Study on Ramesvaram Temple)
by G. Sethuraman
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Sharada Publishing House
Item Code: NAL540
$85.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vanishing Temple Arts (Temples of Kerala and Kanyaakumaari District)
by Deepti Omchery Bhalla
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Shubhi Publications
Item Code: IHJ097
$65.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Rajarajeswaram Thanjavur Big Temple
Item Code: NAM718
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vibrant at 1000 Big Temple, Thanjavur, India
Item Code: NAM722
$45.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Elements of Nepalese Temple Architecture
by Purushottam Dangol
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Adroit Publishers, Delhi
Item Code: NAM705
$60.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

The Lakshmi statue arrived today and it is beautiful. Thank you so much for all of your help. I am thrilled and she is an amazing statue for my living room.
Susanna, West Hollywood, CA.
I received my ordered items in good condition. I appreciate your excellent service that includes a very good collection of items and prompt delivery service arrangements upon receiving the order.
Ram, USA
Adishankaracharya arrived safely in Munich. You all did a great job. The packaging was extraordinary well done. Thanks to all of you. I´m very happy...
Hermann, Germany
We had placed the order on your site and we received it today. We had tried a lot for finding that book but we couldn't. Thanks for the book.This was what we wanted.
Harkaran
I received my items in good condition. Packing was excellent. I appreciate your excellent service that includes a very good array of items you offer, various good shipping options, and prompt response upon receiving the order.
Ram
I received the necklace today. It is absolutely beautiful -so amazing. And the beautiful box it came in. Thank you so much for this amazing art. Very best regards.
Clare, Ireland
I received a dupatta with a Warli print. It is so beautiful! Great price.
Marie, USA
I just got the package delivered. The books look in good condition from outside. Thanks again. It is always a pleasure doing business with you.
Shambhu, Brooklyn
I wanted to let you know that the books arrived yesterday in excellent condition. Many, many thanks for the very rapid response. My husband had purchased many years ago a Kâshî Sanskrit Series edition of Nâgesha’s work that lacked the second volume. Delighted to have found the entire work — and in the original edition.
Cheryl, Portland.
I received a sterling silver cuff and ring. Both are more beautiful than I imagined. They came in a beautiful box; I will treasure them. The items here are made by artists.. and the shipping was faster than I expected.
Marie, USA
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India