PL

The Temple Road Towards a Great India

Birla Mandirs as a Strategy for Reconstructing Nation and Tradition

Series: The Vastness of Culture

Pages: 580 Book format: 15x23 cm Year of Publication: 2019 E-book publication date: 31.05.2021

Book description

This book presents an analysis of the foundations organised by the Birla family in India. Several generations were involved in the renovation and establishment of sanctuaries, temples and other sacral buildings. As a result, between 1933 and 1998, nineteen Birla Mandirs were established, mainly in northern and central India. All the temples have the capacity to surprise with their various decorative motifs, not seen in other places, which – apart from their aesthetic function – above all bear important symbolic content.   Therefore, is it possible to treat the Birla Mandirs as a specific medium – the carrier of a particular message that is not only religious, but with a significance that permeates other layers of social and political discourse. This message, as the authors of the book claim,  have a bearing on the socio-political thought of India – supported by the creation and propagation of ideas related to identity and a national art. It also conveys the idea of hierarchical Hindu inclusivism which, although considering all religions as equal, treats Hinduism in a unique way – seeing within it the most perfect form of religion, giving man the opportunity to learn the highest truth. The book also examines whether the temples founded by the Birla family and the religious activities undertaken therein apply the concept of “inventing” tradition, and whether traditions created (or “modernised”) in contemporary times are a way of enhancing the appeal of the message conveyed from temple to society.

The Vastness of Culture” is a series of publications presenting cultural studies and emphasizing the role of comparative research and analyses that reveal similarities, differences and intercultural influences. In our publications, cultures and civilizations are in a state of constant flux, engaging in dialogue, creating new understandings, competing for meaning under the influence of global content,  without any clear boundaries, but with a vastness that forces questions to be raised.

Prof. Marta Kudelska is the Chair of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her research interests include Indian philosophy and Sanskrit literature.

Prof. Dorota Kamińska-Jones is a lecturer in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She is also lecturer of Indology at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests include the art and culture of India and Great Britain, above all from  the period of the Empire, feminism, colonialism and intercultural relations; she is particularly concerned with issues related to womanhood.

Dr Agnieszka Staszczyk is an assistant professor in the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her research concerns the art of the Indian subcontinent—especially early iconography, the origin and cultural function of religious representations, and the architecture of modern temples.

Dr Agata Świerzowska is an assistant professor in the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her field of interest covers the theory of religion and contemporary changes in religion and spirituality seen from an inter-cultural perspective.
Language English
Edition First
ISBN: 978-83-233-4646-3
e-ISBN: 978-83-233-9986-5
DOI: 10.4467/K9986.152/18.18.15527

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Philippe Sands

Szlak szczurów - KOPIA

(Paperback with flaps)

59.90 zł
47.92 zł
ed. Łukasz Tischner, Tomasz Garbol

Literatura a religia – wyzwania epoki świeckiej. Tom 1

(Paperback)

46.20 zł
41.58 zł
Lydia Pyne

Prawdziwe fałszerstwa

(Paperback with flaps)

48.90 zł
44.01 zł
Joel Minden

Ty tu rządzisz

(Paperback with flaps)

45.99 zł
41.39 zł

NEW BOOKS

Joe Harkness

Ptakoterapia

( Paperback with flaps )

45.90 zł
41.31 zł
Jakub z Paradyża

Traktat o sztuce dobrego umierania

( Hardcover )

44.10 zł
39.69 zł
ed. Jerzy Franczak , Tomasz Kunz

Sztuka inwencji

( Hardcover )

46.20 zł
41.58 zł
Agnès Poirier

Notre Dame - KOPIA

( Paperback with flaps )

39.99 zł
31.99 zł
ed. Ryszard Markiewicz

Prawo a media społecznościowe

( Paperback with flaps )

51.45 zł
46.31 zł
Maksymilian Galon , Katarzyna Plebańczyk , Dominik Sieklucki , Marek Świstak

Minimalizm formalny

( Paperback with flaps )

39.90 zł
35.91 zł
Stanisław Przybyszewski

Proza poetycka. Pentalogia - KOPIA

( Hardcover )

73.50 zł
66.15 zł
Weronika Chańska

(Nie)poradność systemowa

( Paperback )

50.40 zł
45.36 zł
Piotr Graczyk

Warstwy ochronne

( Paperback with flaps )

39.90 zł
35.91 zł
Rafał Milan

Pieśń o Bogu

( Paperback )

39.90 zł
35.91 zł
Jerzy Gołosz

In Defence of a Dynamic View of Reality

( Paperback )

42.00 zł
37.80 zł
Anna Gruca

Poświęcenie pisem drukowanych zwyczaj wprowadził…

( Paperback with flaps )

46.20 zł
41.58 zł
Barbara Michalak-Pikulska , Yousef Sh'hadeh

Early Novels on Arab Spring

( Paperback )

39.90 zł
35.91 zł
Sonia Kamińska-Tarkowska

Spirits in the material world

( Hardcover )

46.20 zł
41.58 zł
ed. Anna Chromik , Natalia Giemza , Katarzyna Bojarska

Macierz/Matrix

( Paperback with flaps )

46.20 zł
41.58 zł
ed. Wojciech Drath , Bogdan de Barbaro

Psychoterapia między wiedzeniem a niewiedzeniem

( Paperback with flaps )

46.99 zł
42.29 zł
Monika Szubrycht

Autyzm

( Paperback with flaps )

39.90 zł
35.91 zł
Marcus Rosenlund

Gdy pogoda zmienia bieg historii - KOPIA

( Paperback with flaps )

49.99 zł
39.99 zł
ed. Justyna Maria Bugaj , Małgorzata Budzanowska-Drzewiecka

Jakość kształcenia akademickiego

( Paperback with flaps )

42.00 zł
37.80 zł

Our website uses the cookies.

Read more...