Kesava Temple, Somanathapura is considered as one of the three most precious gems of Hoysala art. Thought its history and architecture have been studied fairly well by eminent scholars, its exquisite sculptures decorative motifs and designs have not received due attention. Dr. T. Dayananda Patel’s work fulfils this requirement and presents the social and cultural aspects ingreat detail and with Temple illustrations.
His synthesis of the material with literary and epigraphical idence carries conviction
No aspect of the social and cultural life has escaped the attention of Dr. Patel Dress, Ornaments, Hairstyles, Furniture, Chariots, Buildings, Flora, Fauna and a hoast of other details have been studied in minute details in an admirable way. Thus it lays before the reader a whole array of social and cultural life during the Hoysala period.