Unfolding A Mandala: The Buddhist Cave Temples at Ellora
Ellora is one of the great cave temple sites of India, with thirty-four major Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments of the late sixth to tenth centuries A. D. This book describes the Buddhist caves at Ellora and places them in the context of Buddhist art and iconography.
Ellora's twelve Buddhist cave temples, dating from the early seventh to the early eighth centuries, preserve an unparalleled one-hundred-year sequence of architectural and iconographical development. They reveal the evolution of a Buddhist mandala at sites in other regions often considered "peripheral" to the heartland of Buddhism in eastern India.
At Ellora, the mandala, ordinarily conceived as a two-dimensional diagram used to focus meditation, is unfolded into the three-dimensional program of the cave temples themselves, enabling devotees to walk through the mandala during worship. The mandala's development at Ellora is explained and its significance is considered for the evolution of Buddhist art and iconography elsewhere in India.
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TIRTHA AND MANDALA THE PLACE THE PEOPLE THE GODS
BUDDHIST CAVES OF THE FIRST PERIOD THE BEGINNING OF THE MANDALA
CAVES OF THE MIDDLE PERIOD THE MANDALA GROWS
THE LATE BUDDHIST CAVES THE MANDALA UNFOLDED
A CENTER ON THE PERIPHERY ELLORAS PLACE IN BUDDHIST ART
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