In the initial pages of this book, a
general survey of the subject, historical
back drop of the Kalachuris, the then
ruling dynasty and an overview of the
architecture has been incorporated.
Latter on, the horizontal and vertical
disposition of the temples has been
discussed in length, which shows'
regional accents in its treatment and
The book embodies over hundred
photographs and drawings and the
latest research on temple architecture.
It will prove of immense help to the
scholars and serious students of
ancient Indian art and architecture.
Consequently, a host of newly explored
sites incorporated in the present
volume, are credited to him. Earlier, he
was a Post Doctoral Fellow of Indian
Council of Historical Research, New
Delhi and contributed research
papers to national and international
conferences, seminars and journals.
Also, he has authored the title
"Prachina Bhartiya Dharma evam Kala
me in Yaksha, Kinner aur Dikpal"
His current monograph, the Temple Architecture of the Kalachuris. is
an important study embodying detailed descriptions and careful analysis of
the temple components? done in a style of writing and expression
characteristics of the contemporary young members ill the Indian academic
world, particularly pertaining to the field of archaeology. His handling of
the subject and the material involved just as the illustrative part follows the
same current vogues and standards largely adapted by and hence frequently
encountered in our universities in India. The work indeed contains fair
amount of useful material which researchers of the next generation will find
serviceable and handy.
Since books dealing with Indian architecture are not many and this is
particularly the case with pre-medieval and medieval architecture that
appeared under the Cedis/Kalachuris in the Dahaladesa, the descriptions
of the buildings with corresponding illustrative material in this book also
deals with the less known sites such as Bandhogadh, are sure to allow this
book find a place on the shelves of the libraries that entertain books on art
and architecture of ancient and medieval India. I have been benefitted by
The author acknowledges his grateful thanks to all those whose erudite
scholarship has illuminated his path and contributed a lot in shaping the
volume. It could not have been accomplished but for the affectionate
suggestions rendered by Prof. M.A. Dhaky, Director (Emeritus), American
Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon and Shri Krishna Deva, eminent art
historian. Prof. G.c. Pandey, Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study,
Shimla and a versatile genius and Mrs. Pandey always stood by me and
have been a source of inspiration.
Some of the drawings produced here, were generously provided by
Prof. Dhaky. Also, I express my ineptness to the American Institute of
Indian Studies (Centre for Art and Archaeology), Gurgaon and
Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, for the illustrations they readily
provided for the publication. Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the
Victoria and Albert Museum C/o The Nehru Trust for Cambridge University
has awarded me a research grant, for which I am grateful to them also.
My sincere thanks to Mr. M.K. Maheshwari, Archaeologist,
M.P.State Archaeology and Museums, Bhopal and Dr. Santosh Singh
Chauhan, Deptt. of History of Sidhi College for their valuable help rendered
in the field survey, particularly in Sidhi. The author acknowledges his
grateful thanks to Prof. (Retd.) U.V. Singh of Kurukshetra University for
his suggestions. He helped me a lot in going through the script.
I express my thanks to Mr. K.K. Rai, Draughtsman, Archaeological
Survey of India, Bhopal for preparing the drawings for the publication. Mr.
Naimuddin Khan, Photographer in the deptt. deserves my thanks for his
photographic assistance. I am indeed grateful to all of them including my
colleagues and Mr. Ajit Singh of Rewa for their help whenever needed.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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