Author: Devangana DesaiPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 107ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195656431
This book is part of the Monumental Legacy series, aimed at giving a brief and accurate introduction to the World Heritage (Culture) Sites in India. The series is addressed to the general reader but is also of use to scholars interested in the history and significance of the site.Questioning popular stereotypes, Desai delinks Khajuraho from its associations with eroticism, offering fresh interpretations of the sculptures, which, though apparently sensual, actually conceal a deeper symbolism.It is an introduction to the magnificent world of the Chandella temples, their history, patronage, court culture, religion, iconography, and the distinctive features of the sculptures and architecture. Exploring each of the twenty-two temples in detail, this book also discusses the newly excavated Bijamandala temple and the three museums at the site and provides practical tips and information for the visitor.
LIST OF ILLUSTATIONSPREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSIntroductionPatrons-The Chandella Royal FamilyReligious BackgroundTemple Architecture-Concept and Stylistic FeaturesSculpture-Themes and MeaningsThe MonumentsThe Western GroupThe Eastern GroupThe Southern GroupMuseumsAround KhajurahoAppendix 1: Chronology of the TemplesAppendix 2: Genealogy of the Chandella Royal FamilyPractical Tips and InformationGlossaryFurther Reading