The Jain temples at Dilwara in Mount Abu evoke a sense of awe for their sculptural artistry. Numerous gods and goddesses, yaksas and yaksis, dancers and musicians, apsaras and nagins, as well as flowers and trees--mythic and real--adore every nook and corner of these temples. The most outstanding feature of these temples are the thousand-petalled lotuses that decorate the domes in the rangamandapas, signifying a very highly evolved technical and artistic achievement.Using these temples as nodal points for a photographic and a reflective study, Professor Sehdev Kumar explores the artistic nuances of these temples in the context of the rich tradition of temple architecture and iconography in India.
About the Author:
SEHDEV KUMAR is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also the author of The Vision of Kabir and The Lotus in the Stone. He has also made several films including Outside In, Symmetry-Symmetry, Love Suzanne, Ivory Tower.