Author: G Venkataramana ReddyPublisher: Ramakrishna MathYear: 2010Language: EnglishPages: 127ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178235424
Alayam means a temple. While temples have been built in India and elsewhere for millennia, not many people know about the grand science and philosophy behind the construction. At the back of the concrete structure and design of a temple stands a subtle and lofty ideal - affirming the presence of the Ultimate Truth - in a symbolic and tangible manner.This book attempts to present the principles and practices of temple construction in a systematic and clear manner. It aims at providing a comprehensive idea of how a Hindu temple is truly a house of God, enshrining His presence, facilitating a devotee to worship and adore Him and invoking role in the cultural and spiritual life of all believers in God. Today when many new temples are being constructed in India and abroad, there is need to understand the concept and detail of construction involved in making of a Hindu temple. This book is a humble effort in that direction. Back the Book According to Vedic Philosophy. The physical body of every being is itself an Alayam (Temple) and the Atman (soul) dwelling therein is the subtle body which is in fact the manifestation of the Supreme Being (Paramatman) and thus every being is in fact a mobile temple.
Publisher’s Note Chapter – I : Alayam – Its Definition and Significance 1. Image Worship 2. Alayam in the Community Life of the Hindus 3. Origin of Worship 4. Origin of Philosophical Symbolism in TemplesChapter – II : Alayam - Its Origin and Evolution 5. Beginning of Religion Among the Primitive Tribes 6. Temples in Ancient Civilizations of the World 7. Rise of Different Philosophical Systems 8. Origin of Buddhist Architecture 9. Influence of Buddhist art and Architecture on Hindu Temple 10. Buddhism and Jainism in Ancient South Asia 11. Rock – Cut Temple in IndiaChapter – III : Alayam – It’s Early History in India 12. Classical Age in Indian History – Type of temple Built in South India During the Early Historical period (Before the 7th Century A.D.13. Temple Building in North and Central India Before the 5th Century A.D. and After 14. Temple Building in South India After the 15th Century A.D. Role of Archeologists in Tracing the Architectural History of the Ancient Temples of India15. Adi Sankaracharya and the Advent of Renaissance in Hinduism Chapter – IV : The Sastras on Alayams 16. Origins of Agamas 17. The Contents of Agamas 18. Charya Padam 19. Kriya Padam 20. Yoga Padam21. Jnana Padam 22. Alayam According to Agamas 23. Different Kinds of Icons to be Enshrined in Temples 24. The Significance of Shiva Linga 25. The Worship of Aswattha Tree 26. The Worship of the Lighted Lamp Chapter – V : Alayams – The Significance of Their Location in Human Settlements 27. Process of Development of Human Settlements Chapter – VI : Alayam – The Embodiment of Philosophic Symbolism 28. Philosophic Symbolism of Lotus (Padman) 29. Philosophic Symbolism in Religion to the System of Worship in Alayams Chapter – VII : Alayams – Evolution of Their Architectural Styles in North India 30. Bhumija Style of Temple Architecture 31. Kalinga Style of Temple Architecture Chapter – VIII : Alayams – Evolution of their Architectural Styles in South India 32. Beginnign of Dravida style of Temple Architecture 33. Monolith Stone Temples (Rathas) at Mamallapuram 34. Dravida style of temple Architectural style in Kerala 35. Dravida Style Temples in Deccan 36. Vesara Style of Temple Architecture Chapter – IX : Alayams – Their Existence After The 14th Century A.D. 37. Building of Temples inn South India During and After the 14th Century A.D. 38. Hindu Temples in North India During the Muslim Rule and After Chapter – X : Alayams – In Religion to the Religio-Reformative Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries 39. Brahmo Samaj40. Prarthana Samaj 41. Arya Samaj 42. Reformist Movement of Saint Ramalingar of Vadalur, Tamilnadu 43. Role of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in the Reformative Movement 44. Social and Religious Reformative Movements of Sri Narayana Guru of Kerala 45. Conclusion 46. About the Author