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dc.contributor.editorRay, Himanshu Prabha
dc.contributor.editorKulshreshtha, Salila
dc.contributor.editorSuvrathan, Uthara
dc.description.abstractThis handbook is a comprehensive study of the archaeology, social history and the cultural landscape of the Hindu temple. Perhaps the most recognizable of the material forms of Hinduism, temples are lived, dynamic spaces. They are significant sites for the creation of cultural heritage, both in the past and in the present. Drawing on historiographical surveys and in-depth case studies, the volume centres the material form of the Hindu temple as an entry point to study its many adaptations and transformations from the early centuries CE to the 20th century. It highlights the vibrancy and dynamism of the shrine in different locales and studies the active participation of the community for its establishment, maintenance and survival. The illustrated handbook takes a unique approach by focusing on the social base of the temple rather than its aesthetics or chronological linear development. It fills a significant gap in the study of Hinduism and will be an indispensable resource for scholars of archaeology, Hinduism, Indian history, religious studies, museum studies, South Asian history and Southeast Asian history.en_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRG Hinduismen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefsen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: generalen_US
dc.subject.otherDharmasutra, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Arthashastra, Vedasen_US
dc.titleThe Routledge Handbook of Hindu Templesen_US
dc.title.alternativeMateriality, Social History and Practiceen_US

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