Architectural Description of Konark Sun-Temple

Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay

Indian Statistical Institute

October 1, 2011

Loukik, IV:1-2, pp.111-121, Sumahan Bandyopadhyay, ed., ISSN 2230-780X

In case of interpreting the Konark sun temple’s architecture (Orissa, India), there are two divergent as well as antithetical views. Nirmal kumar Bose (1926, 1932) interpreted the outer body of this temple and Stella Kramrisch (1946) was searching the inner body. The main point of their disagreement might be posed as : Were the bodies of the Hindu temples constructed on the basis of physiological corporeal or meta- physiological conjecture of body? Bose reviewed Kramrisch’s book (1947) and alleged that Stella was too metaphysical and illiterate artisans are ignorant about the intricacies of the inner body as they did not have the access to the scriptures. However, Mira Mukherjee(1993) showed the path when she introduced so-called illiterate sons of Visvakarma. The author of this paper showed the evidences of inner corporeal of the temple-architecture by re-surveying the temple and taking cue from sub-altern artisans’ world-views as well as from Mandukyoponisad, Vakyapadiya and Tantraloka.

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Keywords: episteme, discourse, inner and outer corporeal, orientalism, Indian philosophy, sons of Visvakarma

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Bandyopadhyay, Debaprasad, Architectural Description of Konark Sun-Temple (October 1, 2011). Loukik, IV:1-2, pp.111-121, Sumahan Bandyopadhyay, ed., ISSN 2230-780X. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2032556

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