Author: Aamer Hussein
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This volume contains a wealth of data on various aspects of the temples of Kerala. The narration is embellished by many pictograms, diagrams and illustrations which makes this book highly readable and a useful reference volume.
It is with great pleasure and satisfaction this book present this monograph entitles Temples of Kerala to the devotees as well as to the general reader. Most Keralites, particularly those who live outside Kerala for livelihood and their younger generations, are quite unaware of the vast contributions of temples in the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of their native state.
The temples in Kerala have a peculiar pattern both in architectural style and in rituals. The architectural style in Kerala is slightly different from those in other states of South India and fundamentally it can be classified as Dravida-Kerala.
This monograph on Temples of Kerala, is in fact independent of the field-study and it gives a short account on various aspects of temples in Kerala like temple architecture, different forms of idols, offerings, priesthood, temple arts, carvings, paintings etc.
The author is happy if the volume is of some benefit as an introductory guide book for those who seek further knowledge on this subject as well as for administrators of temples.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2 THE TEMPLE SITE
CHAPTER 3 THE TEMPLE COMPLEX
CHAPTER 4 VIGRAHA
CHAPTER 5 TEMPLE RITES
CHAPTER 6 PRIESTHOOD AND TEMPLE ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 7 TEMPLE CUSTOMS AND OFFERINGS
CHAPTER 8 RITUALISTIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
CHAPTER 9 CARVINGS AND PAINTINGS
CHAPTER 10 CONCLUSION