This book is during attempt to present a consolidated record of Sakta Monuments of Orissa which are so widely distributed throughout the length and breadth of the state. Sakti, the eternal source of energy is an indigenous conception of the universal mother goddess. The impact of Saktism shapes the religious and socio-cultural fabric of the mass.
The author deals with the organization and evolution of Saktism in India as well as in Orissa. It reveals the scheme of art and architectural peculiarities of Sakta monuments. More than hundred Sakta monuments have been documented with photographic illustrations supplemented by maps, tables and drawings of the ground plans and elevations. Particular care has been taken to explore the art, architecture and iconographic features along with the sculptural wealth of the different types of Sakta monuments.
A comparative study of temple arts of Khakhara and circular hypaethral style of temples of Orissa with that of other parts of India has been made to establish the unique feature of Orissa temples to enshrine female goddesses. In nutshell, this book contains the answers of all questions of what, where, when, how and why about Sakta monuments of Orissa. Hence, this book would immensely benefit the students and researchers of art history and archaeology and general readers as well.
Table of Contents:
- Transliteration chart
- Saktism in Orissa
- The scheme of Orissan Temple architecture
- Survey of Sakta monuments in Orissa
- Art and iconography of Sakta Divinities
- Comparative study with Sakta monuments of India