Postgraduate Diploma Course in The Indian Temples | Postgraduate Certificate Course in The Indian Temples

The Indian Temple

Image: Gopuram of Virupaksha Temple, Hampi. Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / CC BY 2.0.


The course covers temples that were built across the Indian Subcontinent from the third century BCE to the early modern era. Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain contexts of temple-making will be considered; speakers will adopt a range of approaches in the study of these architectural wonders including form, iconography, patronage, socio-cultural milieu, rituals, and the imagining of sacred landscapes. The goal is to showcase the beauty and power of Indian temples and explore their importance in the lives of the people they serve/d.

Lecture Schedule

10 August 2023 

Approaching the Temple in South Asia

- Dr. Crispin Branfoot


16 August 2023 

Mountain/Cave/Palace/Temple: Buddhist Rock-cut Architecture in Western Deccan

- Dr. Pia Brancaccio 


23 August 2023 

Patronage and Process: Creating the Caves at Ellora

- Dr. Lisa Owen


31 August 2023 

The Kailāsanātha Temple in Kāñcīpuram: Meaning in Material Form

- Dr. Padma Kaimal


6 September 2023 

Imperial Temples, Goddesses, and the Gopura in Tamil South India

- Dr. Crispin Branfoot


13 & 14 September 2023 - Physical Public Seminar (live streamed on zoom)

Shiva’s Waterfront Temples

- Dr. Subhashini Kaligotla


20 September 2023

Innovation and Variation in Hoysala-Style Temples

- Dr. Katherine Kasdorf


27 September 2023

Finding drāviḍa in Kerala: tracing the plot in Kerala's temple architecture

- Dr. Arathi Menon 


4 October 2023 

Maratha Temples: Revitalising Worship with Old and New Forms

- Dr. Pushkar Sohoni


11 October 2023  

Yogini Temples of India: A Tantric Tradition

- Dr. Vidya Dehejia


18 October 2023

Can you build a temple from a text?

- Dr. Adam Hardy


25 October 2023

Temples of Central India

- Dr. Tamara Sears



1 November 2023

Kingship, Authority, and Legitimacy: The Jagdish and Amba Mata Temples in Udaipur

- Dr. Jennifer Joffee


8 November 2023

Temples Between Empires: Architectural Encounters in Banaras, c. 1750-1850

- Dr. Heeryoon Shin


16 November 2023

Mud, Stone, and Brick: Western Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhist Architecture

- Dr. Melissa Kerin 

Classes, unless otherwise stated, are from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm on typically Wednesday evenings.

The sessions where the scholar will be present at Jnanapravaha have been indicated with the word 'Physical'.

All students who attend 75% of the live online lectures will be given a PG Certificate.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering. 


10 Aug - 16 Nov, 2023


Rs. 16,000
(PG Certificate)

Registrations Closed