Epic Narratives in the Hoysaḷa Temples

The Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and Bhāgavata Purāṇa in Haḷebīd, Belūr and Amṛtapura


This volume is a detailed exposition of the visual retellings from the Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and Bhāgavata Purāṇa on specific South Indian Hoysaḷa temples.
The first part of the book deals with the Amṛteśvara temple, particularly its narrative panels depicting the Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and Bhāgavata Purāṇa. The text is a résumé of episodes paired with photographs which illustrate and review the visual retellings and explore Indian techniques of visual narrative. Corollary material from other Hoysaḷa temples with narrative reliefs, including new sites, is presented in the second part. There are very few published contextual studies of Indian narrative sculptures, and so the book is a contribution to the documentation of Indian medieval art, examining visual narratives within the context of the Hindu temple. The book is illustrated with 150 photographs.
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Biographical Note

Kirsti Evans, Ph.D. (1993), Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, is a Research Fellow in Indian Religions at Lancaster University. She has published: Patterns of Visual Story-telling: Episodes from the Story of Rāma, (1995).

Review Quotes

' ...particularly valuable as constructive contribution to a specific aspect of medieval Indian temple art.'
Edgar C. Polomé, The Journal of Indo-European Studies, 1999.


All those interested in the Hindu epics and puranas; visual narratives; the Hindu temple, and Indian art and architecture. Relevant subjects: Art history; Indology; Religious Studies and South Asian Studies.


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