Author: Devangana Desai
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/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 ILLUSTATIONS
PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Patrons-The Chandella Royal Family
Temple Architecture-Concept and Stylistic Features
Sculpture-Themes and Meanings
The Western Group
The Eastern Group
The Southern Group
Appendix 1: Chronology of the Temples
Appendix 2: Genealogy of the Chandella Royal Family
Practical Tips and Information