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The Sun Temple of Konark
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 248 x 178 mm
All colour; 415 photographs; 2 maps and 19 illustrations

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Historical evidences are scant and scattered. Historians have tried to fill the voids with legends. Though legends are not evidence per se, they do carry a seed of truth somewhere. The lost engineering techniques of several great temples have not received the importance they deserve. This is true for Konark too. In The Sun Temple of Konark, the author attempts to separate chaff from grain utilising scientific tools and methodologies. The Sun Temple has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the seven wonders of India. This seminal volume is the result of extensive research by the author into not only the history and legends related to the temple, but also the legends on the temple. An engineer and architect by profession, the author examines the architecture and engineering of the temple in great detail. He questions several of the established theories regarding construction in its various stages and forwards his own theories with reasonable conviction. He takes great pains to go into as much detail as possible with regard to each and every portion, monument, and sculpture of the temple. With 415 images and 21 detailed architectural drawings, the book is a treasure trove for any admirer or student of Konark, or a researcher of its art, history, and architecture.


Anil Dey
Anil Dey
Author
An engineer by profession, Anil Dey undertakes studies on temples in Odisha, his absolute passion and has spent over 60 years in this activity. This book is the culmination of this long and arduous research. An avid traveler through the Himalayas, he has to his credit five travelogues and a number of short stories and articles. He has also authored a book on Konark in Odia language. Photography is his childhood passion and he is also an avid photographer. Of late, Mr. Dey has been involved in promoting the Kalinga Heritage Preservation Trust (KHPT), with the aim of constructing a Global Sun Temple in Konark. G. C. Mitra is MIStructE (UK) and holds a doctorate from IIT. He retired as Eng-in-Chief and Secy Works, government of Odisha. He has been Prof-in-Charge, IIT Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar Campus and was also Vice President of the Indian Road Congress. He has been awarded the Padmashree by HE the President of India.
G.C. Mitra
G.C. Mitra
Foreword

G.C. Mitra is MIStructE (UK) and holds a doctorate from IIT. He retired as Eng-in-Chief & Secy Works, government of Odisha. He has been Prof-in-Charge, IIT Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar Campus, and was also Vice President of the Indian Road Congress. He has been awarded the Padmashree by HE the President of India.