The Hindu temple is the seat of a full culture including material commodities and flower decoration,to music and philosophy. The present publication in five volumes is the second revised critical edition with English translation and annotation. wherever possible, descriptions have been illustrated with theoritical drawings or photographs of actual monuments and icons. thereafter it deals extensively with the daily workshop, festivals and occational rituals with iconography.
N. Ramachandra Bhatt is a traditional Pandit well-versed in the vast literature of saivagama. He has toured South India for many years to collect manuscripts and conduct inquiries in the temples.Jean Filliozat(1906-1982)was a versatile scholar in many fields of Indology, with an excellent command over sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan and Tamil. His work covers all branches of Indology from Ayurveda to Buddhism, Tamil Literature, expansion of Indian culture in South East Asia, etc.Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat is Professor of Sanskrit in Paris and conducts research mainly in the fields of Sanskrit literature, Alamkarasastra, Vyakarana, Saivagamas, History of Indian art and architecture.