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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.
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.
• Archaeologists, historians, architects
• Stones, spaces, metaphors
• Yesterday and today
• South aisle and court
• The world in a likeness
|Number of photographs||68 photographs and 4 Plans|
|Size||8.75 x 11.25" (222 x 286 mm), hc|
|Date of Publishing||2015|
|Co-publisher(s)||Mapin in association with INTACH Aurangabad|
|Rights Available||World rights|