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.

Topics to be Covered

  • The fundamentals of Indian art - Idealism - Symbolism - Realism
  • Hindu mythology and theology
  • Badami Chalukya school of art
  • Pallava art and architecture
  • Buddhist monuments - their origin, nature and functions
  • Texts on Hindu art and architecture
  • Iconometry


The workshop aims at:

  • Giving a broad outline of the cultural history of India and classical mythology
  • Understanding the fundamentals of temple architecture by going through original texts
  • Studying temple iconography
  • Understanding how temples served as focal points of all socio-cultural, economic, religious and spiritual activities

The workshop is organized in association with Amrita Centre for Research and Development

Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru Campus


Resource Persons:

Padma Bhushan Dr. R. Nagaswamy (Chennai) is a renowned historian, archaeologist and epigraphist who is known for his work on temple inscriptions and art history of Tamil Nadu. He served as the founder-Director of the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. Nagaswamy was awarded the Kalaimamani; award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his pathbreaking work on Sekkilar's Periyapuranam. He was awarded India's third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan in 2018.

Dr. M.S. Krishnamurthy (Mysore) is a UGC Emeritus Fellow, Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Studies in Ancient History and Archeology, Mysore. His areas of specialization include Indian Temple Architecture and Sculpture, Archeological Excavations and Epigraphical Studies. He has served as a visiting professor for several universities in India and abroad.

Dr. Manoj Gundanna (Bangalore) is a researcher on temple architecture and is an archeologist by profession. He earned his MA and PhD degrees in Ancient History and Archeology from Manasa Gangotri, University of Mysore. Currently a Research Associate with Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni Research Foundation, Bangalore, Dr. Manoj also serves as a resource person with the Archeological Survey of India.

Rangarathnam Gopu obtained an MS in Computer Science from the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA and worked in the US, as a software engineer, mostly at Microsoft in Seattle. Bored of software, he returned to India to pursue a career in writing and screenwriting. But his interest turned to other directions, like Art, History, Music, Heritage, Astronomy, Evolution, Genetics and Economics. He reads, lectures, writes and blogs on these subjects regularly. He has been part of Tamil Heritage Trust close to a decade and his contributions to organizing Monthly Talks, Pechchu Kachcheri, Site Seminar and Mallai Study Tours are immense and invaluable. He has been part of Adyar and Cooum Cultural Mapping groups too. He received Vedavalli Memorial Heritage Award for Services to Culture in 2016, instituted by Ramu Endowments associated with TAG group. He is part of the group that founded the VarahaMihira Science Forum which has been conducting monthly lectures on science and scientists since August 2017.

Fee (Per Person):


  • Rs. 4800/- (Comprehensive fee, including food & accommodation)
  • Rs. 3700/- (Workshop participation only, including lunch)


  • Rs. 3250/- (Comprehensive fee, including food & accommodation)
  • Rs. 2500/- (Workshop participation only, including lunch)

The workshop includes a one-day temple site visit. Registration fee covers the site visit expenses.

Last Date of Registration: 12 October 2019 

All are welcome. Workshop participants will be awarded a certificate.

Register Online


For more Details, Please Contact :

Arjun Bharadwaj
Assistant Professor,
Amrita Darshanam (ICSS), Bengaluru,
+91 9845101718

Manish Rajan Walvekar
Assistant Professor,
Amrita Darshanam (ICSS), Bengaluru
+91 9757405466

Event Details
2019-10-17 09:00 to 2019-10-20 16:00
Spiritual Studies