About the Book

The Virupaksha temple complex is situated on the southern bank of Tungabhadra River at Hampi, in Hospet taluk, Bellary district in northern Karnataka. This temple was founded in pre-Vijayanagara times and a place of worship under the Vijayanagara rulers and continues to play an active role in the religious life of the people and indeed the whole of South India. This temple complex has been continuously expanded and altered through the centuries and it difficult to give a straightforward chronological history of this temple. This is a living worship temple right from its foundation.

The Virupaksha temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, anti-chamber, sabhamandapa or navaranga and mahamandapa.  The whole temple complex is surrounded by a prakara with pillared cloisters, entrances and small shrines in addition to pillared mandapa. The garbhagriha is square and enshrines Siva Linga, which is being worshiped since its foundation and the God Virupaksha was the tutelary deity of the Vijayanagara rulers.

The Chapter I and II deal with Introduction and Historical Perspective Vijayanagara dynasty. The Chapter III and IV deals with Religious Background Characteristic Features of Vijayanagara Temples.  The Chapter V and VI deals with Architectural Description of the Temple Complex Salient Features of the Temple Sculptures. The Chapter VII and Chapter VIII deals with Shaiva, Vaishnava and Other Minor Sculptures Temple as Socio-Religious Institution. The Chapter IX is a Conclusion with sum up of all the chapters.

Although, a number of scholars have dealt with Virupaksha temple complex and Hampi temples, I have tried here to compile all the published information in the form of a compendium with due acknowledgements.

About the Author

        Dr. K.M. Suresh (Born 1952) former Registrar and retired as Director (Museum) in the Kannada University, Hampi in Karnataka, obtained his M.A., from Karnataka University, Dharwad in 1974 and P.G. Diploma in Archaeology from Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi in 1986. He obtained Ph.D., Degree from Utkala University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa in 1992 on “Sculptural Art of Hampi”, under the guidance of Late Prof: K.S. Behera, Department of History.

Since his inception in the Archaeological Survey of India from 1976 to 1996, he served in various capacities in the Archaeological Museums at Bijapur, Hampi, Aihole and Badami in Karnataka and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. He has been active field worker and excavator in the Excavations Branch IV of Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar in Orissa.

Dr. Suresh has published more than 18 books on Sculptures and Temples from Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, which includes Sculptural Art of Hampi; Saivite Sculptures of Khajuraho; The Iconography of Vishnu from Khajuraho; Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Bellary District; Karnataka Devalaya Kosha: Koppala District; Temples of Hampi; Temples of Karnataka Vol.I & II; Archaeology of Hampi; Ramayana Sculptures from Hampi; Vijayanagara Sculptures at Hampi; Encyelopedia of Indian Architecture - Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic Vol.I,II.III & IV; Hemakuta – Recent Researches in Archaeology & Museology; Panchatantra – Recent Rsearches in Archaeology; Raghusmriti- Recent Reseaches in Archaeology.

He is member of many academic societies and guide to Ph.D., and M.Phil, scholars in the Kannada University, Hampi and examiner for other Universities. He is UGC Expert Committee Member for Museology and Conservation and Archaeology and also Expert Committee Member for History and Archaeology

Publisher Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Author K.M.Suresh
Product Details
Binding Hardcover
ISBN-13 9788180903014
Language English
Edition 1st
Year 2020
Product Dimensions 28.6 x 22.3 x 4 cm
Size 11.25x8.25

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