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Hindu Temples and Traditions

TAT 3104 – Temples occupy an important place in the Hindu mind, both in India and amongst the diaspora. The temple heritage of India constitutes a treasure trove of knowledge preserved and passed on through the ages. Modern day temples in large metros and in the diaspora reflect the collective memories of traditions spanning centuries.  There is more to temples than what meets the eye. Temples are not mere congregational sites or prayer halls; they are a sacred space to commune with the source or oneness of existence. And they have been centers of culture for millennia.

This course provides an overview of Hindu temples and traditions with emphasis on architecture, sculpture, worship and festival traditions, sthala-puranas and more.

 

Note: A late payment fee of $50 will be charged for Fall 2021 registrations submitted on or after October 1st, 2021.

 

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Course Code: TAT 3104

Credit Hours: 1

Course Level: 100

$300.00

TAT 3104 – Temples occupy an important place in the Hindu mind, both in India and amongst the diaspora. The temple heritage of India constitutes a treasure trove of knowledge preserved and passed on through the ages. Modern day temples in large metros and in the diaspora reflect the collective memories of traditions spanning centuries.  There is more to temples than what meets the eye. Temples are not mere congregational sites or prayer halls; they are a sacred space to commune with the source or oneness of existence. And they have been centers of culture for millennia.

This course provides an overview of Hindu temples and traditions with emphasis on architecture, sculpture, worship and festival traditions, sthala-puranas and more.

 

Note: A late payment fee of $50 will be charged for Fall 2021 registrations submitted on or after October 1st, 2021.

 

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Description

Course content:

Our goals are:

  1. To provide an overview of the various temple architectural styles across India.
  2. To provide an introduction to the history of temple building, patronage across the ages
  3. To provide an introduction to sthala-puranas and related local traditions
  4. Study temple clusters and the sacred geography of India
  5. Introduce basic vocabulary related to temple culture
  6. Introduction to the influence of Hindu Temple culture on the far East.
  7. A perspective on the Temple culture in the modern Hindu diaspora. 

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discern the antiquity  and of Indian temple traditions
  2. Reflect on the significance of Hindu temples for Hindu life
  3. Acquire a simple vocabulary of terms related to Hindu temples
  4. Recognize basic elements of temple architecture
  5. Appreciate the Hindu calendar as it relates to temples
  6. Place the lives of Kings, Yogis and Musicians in the context of Hindu temple traditions
  7. Develop an appreciation for temple related literature 

Curriculum Overview:

This course will provide a cultural immersion into the world of Hindu Temples with a set of reading and guided research assignments. The overview course will perform the ambitious task of integrating various piceces of history related to temples covering the diverse sacred geography of India. It will strive to emphasize commonalities across diverse regions.

Course Description

Module 1 Overview of Hindu Temples Topics:

  1. A geographical overview of temples and traditions across India
  2. A historical overview of the temples of India
  3. Diaspora temples

Module 2 Hindu Temple Architecture and History Topics:

  1. The Nagara Style of Temples
  2. The Dravida Temple Architecture
  3. The Vesara style of temples
  4. Temples of the Western Ghats
  5. Evolution of Temple Architecture
  6. The Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijayanagar Contribution to temples
  7. The Kalinga, Rashtrakoota, Chandela contribution to temples
  8. The Bhakti movement in Tamilnadu
  9. The Bhakti movement of the 2nd millennium.

Module 3: Hindu Temple Traditions Topics:

  1. Temples and references in Puranas
  2. Sthala Puranas or Local Traditions
  3. Temple Clusters – Abodes of Shiva
  4. Temple Clusters – Abodes of Vishnu
  5. Temple Clusters – Shakti Pitham
  6. Temple Clusters – Other
  7. Festival Traditions – The Bhrahmotsavam
  8. Worship Traditions – Agamas
  9. Temples and Music
  10. Temples and Dance – The Devadasi Tradition
  11. Current State of Temple Worship

Area of Study: Texts and Traditions

Prerequisites: None

Faculty/InstructorDr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Start Date: October 12, 2021

End Date: December 21, 2021

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered:  Fall 2021

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