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Panorama of Himalayan Architecture 2 Volumes
O.C. Handa

Panorama of Himalayan Architecture 2 Volumes<br> O.C. Handa

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Author: O.C. Handa
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788173872129
Publication Date: 2008

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As a spiritual abstraction or in its physical form, the Himalaya has commanded awe, wonder and reverence through the ages. The Himalayan region is such a blessed sanctuary on earth where the relics of ancient civilizations and cultures that dominated the Indian sub continent at different periods may still be found, many of them in their pristine forms. The Himalayan architecture is one of such fascinating areas.

The Himalayan architecture is as diverse and vast a subject as the Himalaya itself. It reflects the collective religio-aesthetic aspirations and zeal of the people to create monumental edifices through their collaborative endeavour. And, to realize that objective, the innate ingenuity of the common people and their traditional knowledge -system have been the most valuable inputs.

The present study involved a lot of traveling and fieldwork in the Himalayan interiors. Many of the sites had to be visited several times not only because of the unavailability of reliable published material on them, but also because many of the monasteries and temples have been undergoing repeated structural modifications and renovations. Keeping track on such developments was necessary to make the study up to date.

The Himalayan region can proudly boast of being a veritable paradise for archaeologists, architects, historians and the curious visitors. In the present study, an attempt has been made to bring forth with the nostalgic fervour a kaleidoscopic view of that archaeological and architectural wealth of the region.

This work has been set in two volumes. The present volume is devoted to the study of Temples of the Himalayan region. In the first chapter, some of the outstanding types of wooden temples spread in the interiors of the western and central Himalayan regions have been discussed. The second chapter is devoted to the important stone temples located at different places in Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Panorama of Himalayan Architecture
Volume 1: Temples
Volume 2: Buddhist Monasteries, Castles and Forts, and Traditional Houses

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