108 Vishnu Temples: Architectural Splendor, Spiritual Bliss

Paper Type: 130 gsm Art paper (matt) | Size: 247 mm x 247 mm
All colour; 413 Photographs, 2 maps and 110 black and white photographs; 520 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 9385285378 | ISBN-13: 978-93-85285-37-0

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Architectural Splendour, Spiritual Bliss is a pictorial journey into ancient architecture and the art of temple construction and sculpture with interesting trivia about 106 Vishnu temples across the length and breadth of India; a devout Vaishnavite is expected to complete a pilgrimage of these sites to gain access to the two temples in the mystical realm. These temples are collectively known as the 108 Divya Desams amongst Vaishnavites, more particularly Vaishnavites from South India and are distributed across India – eighty-four in Tamil Nadu; eleven in Kerala; two in Andhra Pradesh; eight in North India and one in Nepal. Laden with historic, religious and architectural eminence, these temples often remained concealed in the folds of history. With detailed images and wholesome information on the temples’ history, architectural brilliance, art forms, rituals, beliefs and landscapes, the book is aimed at connoisseurs of art, architecture and literature. The book opens up an incredibly fresh experience of knowing these veiled jewels from the pages of the past. The photographs elucidate the author-photographer’s mastery over his craft, making the images seem life-like, touching the soul of the beholder.

Avey Varghese
Avey Varghese
Hailing from a traditional Christian family in Kerala, Avey Varghese completed his Engineering from Bangalore where he worked for over a decade in the ITES. In early 2011, he shifted his base to Chennai when he discovered his innate veiled love for photography. Avey stepped gingerly into the realm of framing moments with a simple point and shoot camera. The vivid colours of nature, azure skies and candid portraits found place in his frames in his initial days. In no time, he advanced into portfolios and celebrity shoots. Photography consumed a greater space of his life and it escalated from being an ardent passion to an earnest profession. Avey’s snaps elucidate his eye for detail and impeccable framing, making them seem life-like and touches the soul of the beholder. His cosmopolitan stance and love for travelling made him an avid voyager, exploring many lands and capturing exquisite frames.