Relationship Between Temple Architecture and Cosmology

Artur Karp hart at POLBOX.COM
Fri Oct 23 11:13:17 UTC 1998

At 16:58 22.10.98 -0400, you wrote:
>I have heard from a South Indian Saivite that the Siva temples model Siva's
>abode of Kailasa.
>Is this a common theme that temples of a particular Deity represent the
>abode of the particular Deity, or different parts of the cosmology
>correspond to structures within a temple?  Are there papers or
>books on this subject?  Or do you know people who have studied it?
>Thank you for your help.
>Chris Beetle

What immediately comes to mind are:

"The Hindu Temple" by Stella Kramrisch (Calcutta 1946; reprinted in Delhi
1976 by Motilal Banarsidass), and

"Architecture, Time and Eternity. Studies in the Stellar and Temporal
Symbolism of Traditional Buildings" by Adrian Snodgrass, Delhi 1990), where
extensive bibliography.

With regards,

Artur Karp

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