TEMPLE OF BHUBANESWAR
K. S. BEHARA
2008 xiv=190pp., 4
col. b/w, index, bibl., Figs. & Maps 18, ISBN: 978-81-7305-340-5, Rs. 1500 (HB)
Built in the eleventh century, the temple of Liṅgarāja
in Bhubaneswar is acclaimed as one of the finest temples of India.
With its construction the Orissan temple style reached its mature
phase and set the model for later temples to follow. The book, for the
first time, makes an in-depth study of the temple in all its aspects
such as its history, architecture, sculpture, mode of worship,
festivals and organization of services, to understand the temple in
its totality. The architectural features and religious aspects are
described in the light of Orissan architectural lore and kṣetra
māhātmyas of Bhubaneswar.
Originally conceived as a Śiva temple, in course of time, it was
transformed into a temple for both Śiva and Viṣṇu. With perhaps the
largest concentration of temples, ranging from the eleventh to the
fifteenth centuries, the temple premises united the Śaiva, Śākta and
Vaiṣṇava followers and fostered a spirit of harmony in the religious
life of Orissa.
The comprehensive study, lavishly illustrated, is
expected to provide new insights into the appreciation of this great
temple and its various aspects.