About the Book

The Hoysalas ruled for about 350 years from circa 1000 to 1346 A.D., starting from Soveyur, now called Angadi in Mudigrere taluk of Chikkamagalur District and expanded over major portion of South India. In the beginning they acknowdinging the sugernity of the Chalukyas of Kalyana, but became in depending in the reign of Vishnuvardhana with new capital at Dorasamudra, now represented by Halebidu in the Hassan district in Karnataka                                                                                                                                                  The Hoysala rulers constructed more than hunfreds of temples and basadis, throughout their empire from Eka-Kuta to PanchaKuta temples. The Hoysala rulers are well known for their military conquests and the patronage to culture activities. The erection of large number of temples and basidis are cue to enthusiasm of the rulers, the queens, the generals, the ministers, officials and merchants etc. They vied with one another in extending support for constructional activities throught the Empire. Most of the temples and basadis are built in schist and few are built of granite stone. The Hoysala temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala or sukhanasi, navaranga or sabhamandapa or pillared hall and ardhamandapa or a porch, in general.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On plan the Hoysala temples fall into five clear cut categories and within each of the categories minor variations can be observed. The five Eka-kuta or single garbhagriha or cell; Dvi-kuta or twin kuta or twin celled temple; Tri-kuta or three celled temple; Chatus-kuta or four celled temple and Pancha-kuta or five celled temple.                                    The Chapter I and II deal with Introduction and Historical Perspective The Chapter III Deals with Temple in General and Some Selected Hoysala Temples from Karnataka. The Chapters IV and V details of Saiva and Vaishnava Sculptures from the Temples. The Chapter VI and VII deals with Jaina Sculptures and Minor Divinities from the Monuments and last Chapter VIII delt in Conclusion with sum-up the complete chapters. 

About the Author

Dr. K.M. Suresh (Born 1952) former Registrar and Retired Professor & 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.                                                      At present, working as Visiting Professor in the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Instutite of Science Campus Bangalore, on The Indian Digital Heritage Research Project on Hampi. 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 ranch IV of Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar in Orissa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Suresh has published more than 20 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 and IV; Hemakuta – Recent Researches in Archaeology and Museology; Panchatantra – Recent Rsearches in Archaeology; Raghusmriti- Recent Reseaches in Archaeology, Temple Architecture of Orissa.                                                                                                                                                      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 Dr. K.M. Suresh
Product Details
Col. Illus. Illus, Plan 41, Plate 211 Col. & B&W
Binding Hardcover
Pages XXVIII + 466
ISBN-10 978-81-8090-378-4
Language English
Edition 1st
Year 2022
Item Weight 2.5 Kg
Size 11.25" x 8.75"
Country of Origin India

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