Edward C. Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies (2005)
Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Note on Transliteration Introduction 1. Desire, Devotion, and the Double-Storied Temple 2. A Paradigm Shift 3. Acts of Accommodation 4. Axes and the Mediation of Worship Epilogue: A New Sacred Center Glossary of Architectural Terms Notes Bibliography Index
Pika Ghosh is Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is co-editor (with Michael W. Meister) of Cooking for the Gods: The Art of Home Ritual in Bengal.
"[A]n excellent analytical study of a sensationally beautiful type of temple... This work is not just art historical but embraces ... religious studies, anthropology, history, and literature." oCatherine B. Asher "[A]dvances our knowledge of ... Bengali temple building practices, the complex inter-reliance between religion, state power, and art, and the ways in which Western colonial assumptions have distorted correct interpretation... A splendid book." Rachel Fell McDermott "THis book contributes significantly to our understanding of Bengali architecture."--TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT, 25 November 2005