Course Number

ARTS 344

Course Title

Hindu Temple Architecture

Course Date

Spring 2016

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

Padma Kaimal, Art & Art History

Document Type



Art and Art History, Asian Studies


From rock-cut halls carved into cliffs to elaborately ornamented constructions with multiple interior spaces, the buildings that have housed worship of the Goddess, Shiva, Vishnu, and other deities of the Hindu pantheon honor the ideals of the divine palace and of the silent cave embedded in a mountain. This course will explore what characteristics the wide range of Hindu temples share, how they vary from one region to another, and how they changed from the 3rd century BCE to 12th century CE. What do they share with structures for Buddhist, Jaina, and Muslim worship? How did ritual shape buildings and sculpture, and can we reconstruct ritual from material remains?


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