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Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies will organize a four-day workshop on Temple Architecture and Iconography (Level 3) from 1 to 4 February, 2020.


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.



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

Topics to be Covered:

A detailed study of the Temple Art, Architecture and Iconography of the following periods will be carried out:

  • The Buddhist Period
  • The Chola Period
  • The Rashtrakuta Period
  • The Nolamba and the Ganga Period

In addition to this, an overview of Texts on Indian Art and Architecture and Iconometry will be given.

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

Venue: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru Campus


  • 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. He was formerly a Research Associate with Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni Research  Foundation, Bangalore. Dr. Manoj also serves as a resource person with the Archeological Survey of India.
  • Ar. Prof. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan (Chennai) is the Chief Curator of Swarajya Heritage, Bangalore. He holds a Gold Medal in Masters of Architecture and serves as a Board Member and Visiting Faculty at Saveetha University, Chennai. He has been the Lead Conservation Architect for several projects of national importance and has authored several research articles.

Fee Details


  • Rs. 4900/- (Comprehensive fee, including food & accommodation)
  • Rs. 3800/- (Workshop participation only, including lunch)


  • Rs. 3350/- (Comprehensive fee, including food & accommodation)
  • Rs. 2600/- (Workshop participation only, including lunch)

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

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

Last Date for Registration : 20 January 2020

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For more Details, Please Contact :

Arjun Bharadwaj
Workshop Convenor
Assistant Professor
Amrita Darshanam (ICSS), Bengaluru

Manish Walvekar
Workshop Co-convenor
Assistant Professor
Amrita Darshanam (ICSS), Bengaluru
+91 9757405466

Event Details
2020-02-01 09:00 to 2020-02-04 17:00
Spiritual Studies