CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction 2. Geographical background 3. Socio-religious and Political background 4. Names 5. Purposes of erection and the factors which inspired Temple building activities 6. Materials 7. Early references 8. Temple types 9. Bhadra or tiered type 10. Rekha or Sikhara type 11. Western influence on Rekha temples 12. Bhadra or tiered type with a Stups as crowning element 13. Bhadra or tiered type with a Sikhara at the top 14. Sarvatobhadra type 15. Hut-type 16. Influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture 17. Influence of hut-type Style on the Architecture on Northern India, Panjab and Kangra Valley 18. Ratha-type 19. Hut-types converted into Sikhara-type 20. Hut and Ratha-type combined 21. Miscellaneous type 22. Date-plates 23. Arches 24. Garbhagrha–inner shrine or the womb of the temple 25. Influence on the architecture of farther India and Nepal 26. Fresco-painting, brass-engraving and other decoration 27. Stone sculpture and terracottas 28. Architecture as depicted in Bengali manuscripts 29. The temple-builders
This volume records the fascinating History of the growth and development of Bengal Temples. No systematic enquiry has been made in this important field which remained neglected. This Study thus fills up an important gap of the history of Indian Art and Architecture. The author traces not only Architectural evolution of the Temple Architecture but gives a comprehensive survey of the Topics which inspired temple-building activities, influence on the architecture of Farther India and Nepal, fresco paintings and terracotta works as well as textual materials on the traditional architecture of Bengal. Moreover, there is a full analysis of socio-religious and Political influences which determine the stylistic evolution of the Temples of Bengal. The book is thus an important and Original work supported by excellent illustrations and map. Bengal Temples contain a brilliant record of the history and culture of this Region and speak directly of the art and architectural history they represent. Any one who will consult the book will embark upon some rewarding Travel in time and will Sense the tone and Atmosphere of the Cultural history of Bengal.