Archaeology of Hindu Ritual: Temples and the Establishment of the Gods

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Archaeology of Hindu Ritual: Temples and the Establishment of the Gods Hinduism
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This groundbreaking study examines how the gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, how their cults were organized, & how the ruling elite supported their worship. Examining the emergence of these key historical developments in the 4th & 5th centuries, it combines Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data from inscriptions, sculptures, temples, & sacred sites. The centerpiece of the study is Udayagiri in central India, the only surviving imperial site of the Gupta dynasty.

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