The Kailas at Ellora Mapin Publishing

The Kailas at Ellora

Roger Vogler
with photographs by Peeyush Sekhsaria

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Here, for the first time, American architect Roger Vogler examines this great Hindu temple—carved downward from the top of a hillside in Maharashtra—from the perspective of his fellow architect: the unknown sthapati who actually designed it thirteen centuries ago.

The Kailas’s magnificent sculptures and carved architectural details have all been extensively documented by many eminent scholars. The great volume of space that envelops them (which as every architect knows is designed with fully as much care and purpose as its solid stone) is, however, almost totally absent from their writings, as are the moral and religious messages that lie beneath these stones, hidden in metaphor. Not the least of these are the towering raw cliffs enclosing the temple’s precincts: themselves metaphors for the presence of God.

These absences have led to dozens of misunderstandings and erroneous conclusions regarding the monument itself and the intentions of its designer. Focusing not merely on its stones but on the meanings that lie beneath them as well, this book corrects these misunderstandings and rebuts these errors in the course of an entertaining and revelatory walking tour of the entire temple.

American architect Roger Vogler served as onsite consultant for design and construction of the Indian Institute of Technology campus at Kanpur from1968 to 1971. He subsequently served as Director of Facilities Planning for the University of Connecticut and the University System of New Hampshire in addition to maintaining an active architectural practice over a period of 40 years. His experience of the Kailas, which he considers among the world’s greatest works of architecture, spans 55 years.

Peeyush Sekhsaria is an architect and geographer by training. As a photographer he has exhibited at the Piramal Art Gallery (National Centre for Performing Arts) Mumbai, and has been part of solo and group exhibitions in France, Portugal, Colombia and Brazil. Photographing for this book has been one of his most beautiful photographic experiences to date.

• A misunderstood masterwork
• Archaeologists, historians, architects
• Stones, spaces, metaphors
• Yesterday and today
• Akasha
• Galleries
• Ravana
• South aisle and court
• Vimana
• The world in a likeness
• Bibliography
ISBN 9788189995867
Pages 144
Number of photographs 68 photographs and 4 Plans
Size 8.75 x 11.25" (222 x 286 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2015
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with INTACH Aurangabad
Rights Available World rights

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