Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies will organize a four-day workshop on Temple Architecture and Iconography (Level 2) from 17 to 20 October, 2019.
Indian temples are storehouses of our cultural heritage and a synthesis of worldly and spiritual pursuits. They are the microcosmic representation of the Macrocosm. In the past, temples were also centres of traditional learning where knowledge was passed on orally and these temples nurtured several forms of art and śāstric branches of knowledge. They also served as abodes providing emotional and psychological strength to devotees and as spiritual centres for vedāntic study and practice.
The temples surviving in India today, the texts associated with their construction and ritualistic practices are parts of the intangible heritage of India. Though gigantic and mesmerizing in their form, the intricacies of their architecture and iconography is less known today. The selection of the place where a temple is to be built, the installation of the primary deity, its consecration and associated rituals, the construction of the various other adjuncts of the temple and several such related aspects need to be studied in detail based on indigenous texts and such a study throws light on the genius of the ancients. A thorough understanding of Indian cultural history and mythology enhances the study of the iconography of a temple. This multi-dimensional approach can inspire today’s students of art, architecture and engineering to understand the principles of effective and creative constructions of our predecessors.
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The workshop is organized in association with Amrita Centre for Research and Development