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The Temple Road Towards a Great India : Birla Mandirs as a Strategy for Reconstructing Nation and Tradition

Author :  Marta Kudelska, Dorota Kamińska-Jones, Agnieszka Staszczyk, and Agata Świerzowska,

Product Details

  • Country Poland
  • Publisher Jagiellonian University Press
  • ISBN9788323346463
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2020
  • Bib. Info608 p,150 x 230mm
  • CategoriesARCHITECTURE,Buildings,Religious
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The book presents the results of research carried out in recent years on the temples founded by the Birla family in northern and central India. The material gathered by the authors and the preliminary analysis based on it led to the creation of the first publication of this type, not only in Polish literature on the subject but also internationally. This is a monograph based on first-hand material, presenting the whole of the Birlas' sacral foundations - referring both to their importance in the context of national art, as well as their functioning in the social or political discourse on identity in pre-independence India. This project run for decades by successive Birla generations constitutes a highly coherent enterprise. The guiding idea was defined as building foundations for the spiritual and political power of modern India through a new reading of Indian tradition, in line with the challenges of the twentieth century. The book is therefore addressed to readers interested in India, particularly in the interpretation and recreation of tradition using the medium of art. The data presented in this book - representing only a small fragment of what was gathered - and the subsequent discussion open up new, extremely promising directions of research.

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