BooksHinduThe Uday...

The Udayesvara Temple - Art, Architecture and Philosophy of the Saiva Siddhanta

Description Read Full Description
About the Book A temple is an embodiment of the universe, it is all encompassing. There is much beyond what can be seen through the eye and this book has succeeded in providing a holistic understanding of the multi- layered fabric of the Udayesvara temple of Udayaditya Paramara. It is indeed intriguing that the Paramaras were involved not only in building temples but also in formulating the canons for their architecture. As a result, we come across a unique style of temple archit...
About the Book

A temple is an embodiment of the universe, it is all encompassing. There is much beyond what can be seen through the eye and this book has succeeded in providing a holistic understanding of the multi- layered fabric of the Udayesvara temple of Udayaditya Paramara. It is indeed intriguing that the Paramaras were involved not only in building temples but also in formulating the canons for their architecture. As a result, we come across a unique style of temple architecture which was not seen before the ascendancy of the Paramaras. In this context, one often encounters representations which are enigmatic both in terms of iconography and the underlying philosophy.

This book contains an intensive as well as extensive study of the Udayesvara temple based on primary textual sources including prominent Sipasastras and Saivagamas. It attempts to integrate art and architecture with religion and philosophy. A relevant context has been provided for the architectonic and sculptural analysis of the temple through an exemplary discourse in religion and metaphysics.

About the Author

Prof. (Dr.) Anupa Pande is currently Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art and Director and Pro Vice Chancellor of the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology (NMI), New Delhi. She has also served as Dean of NMI. She has been engaged in research and teaching for last thirty-six years in the University of Allahabad (1982-1995) and the National Museum Institute (1995-till date). She has published over forty research papers in reputed national and international journals and seven books on various aspects of Indian art, history, philosophy and culture. She is well versed in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali. She also has knowledge of German, Chinese and Persian.

She has delivered lectures in museums and universities in India and abroad. She has coordinated several international seminars, workshops and exhibitions. Currently she is coordinating an international project on the art of Champa. She represents India at Comitite International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) as its titular member. She is a representative member (NMI) of Council of the Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute (SICI) and has been a member of prestigious national bodies such as Central Advisory Board of Archaeology (CABA). She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the renowned International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS).


The Udayesvara temple at Udayapur, situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, ranks as one of the most important early medieval temples of North India. It is a Saiva temple built in the second half of the 11th century CE by Udayaditya Paramara who was a scion of the illustrious Paramara dynasty that ruled over Malwa.

Udayaditya ascended the throne in 1070 CE and had to face many challenges in consolidating his empire. The Udayapur Prasasti highlights his military might and speaks of him as " .... another sun, as it were, destroying, the dense darkness, in the form of his magnanimous foes with the rays issuing from his strong sword and thereby gladdening the hearts of his people by his splendour."!

During Udayaditya's reign, Malwa witnessed political stability and flourished as a leading centre of religious and cultural activities. Udayaditya extended patronage to art and architecture. He founded the city of Udayapur which is located in modern day Vidisha. In this city, he constructed several temples, the most famous being the temple of Udayesvara. This temple is in the Bhumija style of architecture.

The Samranganasiuradhdra of Bhoja Paramara is one of the earliest Silpasastras that refers to the Bhumija style of temple. The style, however, appears so well established that one is led to infer that it had earlier antecedents. It seems that the Pararnaras of Malwa developed this style to its maturity. This inference is supported by the Silpasastras as also the large numbers of Bhumija temples found in Malwa.' Bhoja Paramara is known to be well versed in architecture. Amongst the various styles of medieval Indian temple architecture, the Bhumija is distinctive as regards both its origin and style. Etymologically, Bhumija means that which is produced or born from the earth, which seems to connote regional affiliations. In this literal sense, it may be understood and interpreted as the native style of Malwa, which has the largest concentration of Bhumija temples. However, it may be pointed out that Bhumija temples have also been found in Rajasthan and northern Maharashtra. One may perceive another meaning of 'earthly origin'. Bhumija or of 'earthly origin' may be seen as a terrestrially evolved form as opposed to other forms which were believed to have a divine or supernatural origin. The origin, thus, is secular, unlike others which owe their origin to various gods and demi-gods. In his Samranganasuiradhara, Bhoja not only compiled this particular style of architecture, but his dynasty and he seem to have patronized it too. Yet another meaning of Bhumija may be seen as born from bhumis or storeys. Thus, the word Bhumija may also connote that the kuias which are arranged vertically one above the other, right from the ground to the sikhara, give the appearance of rising directly from the ground upwards.

The distinctive feature of the Bhumija style is the sikhara with four latas or spines adorned with caitya-arch motifs on the central vertical bands of the sikhara. This style is identifiable by a unique feature, viz. miniature sikharas of diminishing heights on the four quadrants between the latas. These miniature sikharas are called kuiastambhas and are arranged in rows of three to five vertically and five to nine horizontally. At the bottom of the latas on the three sides (north, south and west) are three prominent sculpted medallions within a large caitya arch known as sursenaka (pl. 1). The lata on the east side terminates in the sukandsa. The temples of this class are invariably nirandhdra (i.e. without ambulatory).


The temple is built of red sandstone. It faces east and consists of a garbhagrha (sanctum), an aniarala (vestibule), a gudhumandapa (covered hall for devotees) with three mukhamandapas (porches) and a low flat-roofed hall called uedi, separate, but on the same axis (fig. 1, pl. 2). It stood on an extensive, lofty jagati (platform) and was surrounded by eight subsidiary shrines, quite a few now broken (pls. 2,3). The original entrance to the temple was by a stairway flanked by over life size figures of Saiva pratiharas or door keepers (pl. 4). The entrance now is from the western side (pl. 2). The sanctum of the temple is stellate-cum-circular (pl. 5), is saptaratha on plan and saptabhumi in elevation.

The Bhumija temples are both square and circular in plan. The Bhumija temple has a unique plan, where the square of the temple is not subdivided like a grid into a number of parts. The square is made to rotate round its centre and made to stop at regular intervals. The points of the rotating square perform a circle and the original square is inscribed within it. Thus, the buttresses between the main wall projections are to be built by parivartana within the circle. The projections on the main walls facing the cardinal points, however, do not result from rotation of the square, but are planned in the usual way, parallel to the square of the garbhagrha.


The pitha or the base has five mouldings, viz. bhitta 1, bhiita 2, jadyakumbha, karnaka and grasapatti (pl. 7). The first two are basically two courses of the plinth of the substructure. Bhuta 1 is plain, bhitta 2 is ornamented by leaf (patra) and garland (mala) design. It is capped by a shoulder (skandha) decorated by a padmadala or lotus petal design. The jadyakumbha is an inverted cyma-recta moulding, a distinctive, lotus-shaped moulding of the pitha. This is ornamented by a manibandha (band of diamond shapes alternating with rosettes) on the side and thakara (caitya-window motif) on the top. The karnaka is an arris moulding, decorated by a gagarapatti or a decorative motif comprising of an arrow between two spirals. The fifth is grasapatti. This is a band of gorgon heads or grasa or kiramukha.

**Book's Contents and Sample Pages**

Item Code: NAP987 Author: Anupa Pande Cover: HARDCOVER Edition: 2018 Publisher: Aryan Books International ISBN: 9788173055614 Language: English Size: 12.00 X 9.00 inch Pages: 216 (Throughout Color & B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 1.5 Kg
Price: $90.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Viewed 652 times since 16th Mar, 2019
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to The Udayesvara Temple - Art, Architecture and Philosophy of the Saiva... (Hindu | Books)

Ascetics, Piety and Power - Saiva Siddhanta Monastic Art in The Woodlands of Central India
शैवसिद्धान्तसंग्रह: Saiva Siddhanta Samgrah (Sanskrit Only)
The Parakhyatantra: A Scripture of The Saiva Siddhanta
The Rise and Development of Visistadvaita and Saiva-Siddhanta (In The Cola Empire) (An Old and Rare Book)
PERIYA PURANAM: A Tamil Classic On The Great Saiva Saints Of South India
Meaning in Tantric Ritual (Based on the Saiva Traditions of Kashmir.
Saiva Rites of Expiation: A First Edition and Translation of Trilocanasiva’s Twelfth-Century Prayascittasamuccaya (with a Transcription of Hardayasiva’s Prayascittasamuccaya)
The Nisvasa Tattva Samhita The Earliest Surviving Saiva Tantra (A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of The Mulasutra, Uttarasutra and Nayasutra)
श्रीसिद्धांतशिखामणिः (संस्कृत एवम् हिन्दी अनुवाद) Shri Siddhanta Shikhamani
सिध्दान्तशिखामणि मीमांसा: Siddhanta Sikhamani Mimamsa
सिद्धान्त प्रकाशिका: Siddhanta Prakashika
सिध्दान्तशिखामणि समीक्षा: An Analysis of Siddhanta Shikhamani
वैयाकरणसिध्दान्तलघुमञ्जूषा: Vaiyakarana Siddhanta Laghu Manjusha
The Saivaparibhasa of Sivagrayogin (An Old and Rare Book)
The Touch of Sakti (A Study in Non-dualistic Trika Saivism of Kashmir)
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA