Temples and Texts

Temples and Texts

  • 25 Nov
    29 Nov

    Indian Aesthetics

    Adam Hardy

Temples and Texts

The traditional Indian texts on architecture, vastushastras, are often characterised as rulebooks to be followed rigidly, or conversely as abstruse treatises divorced from practice. Neither proves to be the case if, knowing the relevant architectural languages, we draw the temple designs as the texts invite us to do. This seminar series will explore the main traditions of Indian temple architecture and their respective texts, presenting worked examples from their instructions. It will show how practice and theory are intertwined, and that both are creative and dynamic.

Day 1

  • Indian temples and their typological origins
  • Latina temples: measure, proportion and the myth of the vastumandala

Day 2

  • The medieval blossoming of the Nagara tradition
  • Evolving temples in evolving texts

Day 3

  • Dravida temples: the language of aedicules and the palette of mouldings
  • South Indian texts: Manasara, Mayamata and others

Day 4

  • Varata temples: the lost tradition in-between
  • Kashmiri temples and the Vishnudhamottarapurana

Day 5

  • Bhojpur, the Bhumija and the Samaranganasutradhara
  • Bhumija temples and the principle of parivartana

Duration -

November 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2019

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30


Rs. 4,000 (For a 50% student discount, write to info@jp-india.org)

Registrations Closed

Adam Hardy

Adam Hardy

Adam Hardy, Emeritus Professor of Asian Architecture at Cardiff University, is an architect and architectural historian who has been studying Indian temples for nearly 40 years, trying to unearth and re-live the processes by which they were created. This approach has led him into working out forgotten temple designs from ruins and from texts, as well as conservation work and designing new temples. His many publications include The Temple Architecture of India (2007), and Theory and Practice of Temple Architecture in Medieval India: Bhoja’s Samaranganasutradhara and the Bhojpur Line Drawings (2015). He edited the journal South Asian Studies (1999-2016), and was President of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology and Art (2015-17).