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Books on South Indian Temples -a short bibliography


  • Balaram Iyer, T. G. S.
    South temples : pilgrims' guide :
    a sketch of the various important temples of South India
    with a map in addition, narration by T. R. Rajagopalan. 3d ed.
    Madurai : Sri Karthikeiya Publication, 1979.

  • Balasubrahmanyam, S. R.
    Early Chola temples; Parantaka I to Rajaraja I, A.D. 907-985
    Bombay, Orient Longman [1971].

  • Balasubrahmanyam, S. R.
    Four Chola temples
    Bombay : N. M. Tripathi, 1963.
    Series title: Heritage of Indian art series ; no. 4.

  • Balasubrahmanyam, S. R.
    Later Chola temples : Kulottunga I to Rajendra III (A.D. 1070-1280)
    S. R. Balasubrahmanyam, assisted by B. Natarajan, B. Venkataraman, and B. Ramachandran.
    [Madras] : Mudgala Trust, 1979.

  • Balasubrahmanyam, S. R.
    Middle Chola temples : Rajaraja I to Kulottunga I, A.D. 985-1070
    Faridabad : Thomson Press (India), Publication Division, 1975.

  • Barrett, Douglas E.
    Early Cola architecture and sculpture ; 866-1014 A.D.
    London : Faber, 1974.

  • Bhoothalingam, Mathuram.
    Movement in stone; a study of some Chola temples.
    New Delhi, Soumani Publications [1969].
    1st "National" ed. New Delhi : National Pub. House, 1985.



  • Boulanger, Chantal & Tom Dawber.
    In the kingdom of Nataraja : a guide to the temples, beliefs and people of Tamil Nadu, Ed. 1.
    Madras : South India Saiva Siddhantha Works Pub. Society, Tinnevelly, 1993.

  • Callewaert, Winand M.
    Gods and temples in South India
    New Delhi : Manohar, 1995.

  • Cousens, Henry, 1854-1934.
    Mediaeval temples of the Dakhan, Cosmo print.
    New Delhi, India : Cosmo Publications, 1985.

  • Comale, 1921-
    Palani : the hill temple of Muruga , 1st ed.
    Palani, India : Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, 1975.

  • Das, R. K., 1906-
    Temples of Tamilnad
    Bombay, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1964

  • Dayalan, D., 1955-
    Early temples of Tamilnadu : their role in socio-economic life (c. A.D. 550-925)
    New Delhi : Harman Pub. House, 1992.

  • Gurusamy, Mariappan Paraippatti, 1936-
    Lord Muruga of Tiruchendur, 1st ed.
    Tiruchendur : Guru-Themozhi, 1980.
    Series title: Vannan publication : Eng. ; 1.

  • Dehejia, Vidya.
    Art of the imperial Cholas
    New York : Columbia University Press, c1990.
    Series title: The Polsky lectures in Indian and Southeast Asian art and archaeology.

  • India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
    Temples of South India.
    Delhi : Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 1960.

  • S.V. Subramanian, G. Rajendran.(Editors)
    Heritage of the Tamils : temple arts, 1st.
    Madras : International Institute of Tamil Studies, 1985.
    Series title: Publication / International Institute of Tamil Studies ; no. 110.

  • Irajakopalan, Em. / M. Rajagopalan.
    15 Vaishnava temples of Tamilnadu , Ed. 1st.
    Madras : M. Rajagopalan, 1993.

  • Jagadisa Ayyar, P. V.
    South Indian shrines : illustrated
    with a foreword from Lord Carmichael.
    [Madras] : Madras Times Print. and Pub. Co., 1920.
    Series title: SAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 09067.
  • Jagadisa Ayyar, P. V.
    South Indian shrines : illustrated , Rev. and enl. ed.
    New Delhi : Asian Educational Services, 1982.

  • Longhurst, A. H. (Albert Henry), 1877?-
    Pallava architecture
    New Delhi : Cosmo Publications, 1982.

  • Mahalingam, T. V.
    Studies in the South Indian temple complex
    Dharwar, Kannada Research Institute, Karnatak University, 1970.
    Series title: Kannada Research Institute Research lectures, new ser., no. 2.

  • Masthanaiah, B., 1944-
    The temples of Mukhalingam : a study on South Indian temple architecture
    New Delhi : Cosmo Publications, 1978.

  • Paramasivanandam, A. M., 1914-
    Ancient temples of Tamilnadu, 1st ed.
    Madras : Tamil Kalai Pub. House, 1981.

  • Meena, V.
    Temples of South India
    Kanyakumari : Hari Kumari Arts, [1976?].

  • Michell, George.
    The Vijayanagara courtly style : incorporation and synthesis in the royal
    architecture of Southern India, 15th-17th centuries
    New Delhi : Manohar : American Institute of Indian Studies, 1992.
    Series title: Vijayanagara research project monograph series ; vol. 3.

  • Nayar, S. P. (S. Prabhakaran), 1925-
    Pilgrim's guide to Guruvayoor & a few other temples, 1982
    Guruvayoor : Progressive Printers & Publishers, 1982.

  • Padmanabhan, S., 1934-
    South Indian temples : [an illustrated book on the origin,
    development, and importance of South Indian temples]
    Nagercoil : Kumaran Pathippagam, 1977.

  • Padmanabhan, S., 1934-
    Temples of South India
    Nagercoil : Kumaran Pathippagam, 1977.

  • Palaniyappan, Ki., 1908-
    The Great Temple of Madurai : English version of the book Koilmanagar
    1st ed. Madurai : Sri Meenakshisundareswarar Temple Renovation Committee, 1963, 1970 printing.

  • Pandeya, B. K.
    Temple economy under the Colas, c. A.D. 850-1070
    New Delhi : Bahri, 1984.
    Series title: Series in Indian history, art, and culture ; 1.
  • Presler, Franklin A.
    Religion under bureaucracy : policy and administration for Hindu temples in South India
    Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
    Series title: Cambridge South Asian studies ; [no. 38].

  • Pillai, Suresh B., 1934-
    Introduction to the study of temple art
    Thanjavur : Equator and Meridian, [pref. 1976].
    Series title: South Indian art and archaeological series ; 1.

  • Rajagopalan, T. R.
    Pilgrims' guide (South India) : a sketch of the various important temples of South India
    narration by T. R. Rajagopalan ; format by T. G. S. Balaram Iyer. 1st ed.
    Madurai : Sri Karthikeiya Publication, 1977.

  • Ramanaiah, J. (Jaisetty), 1939-
    Temples of South India : a study of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist monuments of the Deccan
    New Delhi : Concept Pub. Co., 1989.

  • Ramaswami, N. S.
    House of God : select temples of South India, 1st ed.
    Madras, India : Maps and Agencies, 1984.
    Series title: Travel aide.

  • Rea, Alexander.
    Chalukyan architecture; including examples from the Ballari District, Madras Presidency,
    Delhi, Indological Book House, 1970.
    Series title: Archaeological Survey of India Archaeological survey of India.
    [Reports] New imperial series, v. 21.

  • Sarojini Jagannathan.
    Impact of Sri Ramanujacarya on temple worship, 1st ed.
    Delhi : Nag Publishers, 1994.

  • Satyamurti, T.
    The Nataraja Temple : history, art, and architecture
    New Delhi : Classical Publications, 1978.

  • Shivarudraswamy, S. N.
    Vijayanagara temples in Karnataka, 1st ed.
    Mysore : Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, 1996.

  • Shulman, David Dean, 1949-
    Tamil temple myths : sacrifice and divine marriage in the South Indian Saiva tradition
    Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1980.

  • Burton Stein (Ed.)
    South Indian temples : an analytical reconsideration
    New Delhi : Vikas Pub. House, c1978.

  • Srinivasan, K. R., 1910-
    Cave-temples of the Pallavas
    New Delhi : Archaeological Survey of India, 1964.
    Series title: Architectural survey of temples ; no. 1.

  • Srinivasan, K. R., 1910-
    Temples of South India
    New Delhi, National Book Trust, India;
    [chief stockists in India: India Book House, Bombay, 1972].
    Series title: India, the land and people.

  • Temples of South India. Rev. ed.
    New Delhi : Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
    Govt. of India, 1973.

  • Vanamamalai Pillai, N.
    The Setu and Rameswaram
    Rameswaram : V. Narayanan & Bror., 1929.

  • Venkata Ramanayya, N.
    An essay on the origin of the South Indian temple
    New Delhi : Ramanand Vidya Bhawan, 1983.

  • Venkataraman, B. (Balasubrahmanyam), 1925-
    Laddigam, a later Chola temple
    [New Delhi] Orient Longman [1971].
    Series title: Southern art series ; 1.

  • Venkataraman, B. (Balasubrahmanyam), 1925-
    Temple art under the Chola queens
    Faridabad : Thomson Press (India), Publication Division, 1976.

  • Wright, G. R. H. (George R. H.), 1924-
    A background to restoration of monuments in Southern India, 1st ed.
    Madras?, State Dept. of Archaeology, Govt. of Tamilnadu, 1969.

  • Soundara Rajan, K. V., 1925-
    Rock-cut temple styles : early Pandyan art and the Ellora shrines
    Mumbai : Somaiya Publications, 1998.

  • Cohen, Andrew L.
    Temple architecture and sculpture of the Nolambas : (ninth-tenth centuries
    New Delhi : Manohar, 1998.

  • Sivaramamurti, C.
    The Chola temples : Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram , 2d ed.
    New Delhi : Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, 1973.

  • Sivaramamurti, C.
    The Chola temples : Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram, 4th ed.
    New Delhi : Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, 1984.

  • Sivaramamurti, C.
    Mahabalipuram. 3d ed.
    New Delhi : Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, 1972.

  • Srinivasan, K. R., 1910-
    The Dharmaraja ratha & its sculptures, Mahabalipuram, 1st ed.
    New Delhi : Abhinav Publications, 1975.

  • Swaminathan, Saroja.
    The Temple at Tirunallaru
    Thirunallaru : Sri Darbharanyeswaraswamy Devasthanam, 1977.

  • George Michell (Ed.)
    Temple towns of Tamil Nadu, photographed by Bharath Ramamrutham.
    [Bombay] : Marg Publications, c1993.

  • Vatsyayan, Kapila.
    Dance sculpture in Sarangapani Temple, 1st ed.
    Madras : Society for Archaeological, Historical, and Epigraphical Research, 1982.
    Series title: SAHER pub. ; no. 9.

Books in Tamil

  • Arivoli, A. (Annamalai), 1941-
    Atta virrattat talankal
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam : Kitaikkumitam Mani Vacakar Nulakam, 1985.

  • Arivoli, A. (Annamalai), 1941-
    Palani , 1. patippu
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam ;
    Cennai : Kitaikkumitankal, Manivacakar Nulakam, 1983.

  • Arivoli, A. (Annamalai), 1941-
    Tiruccik koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam
    Cennai : Kitaikkumitankal, Manivacakar Nulakam, 1983.

  • Centuraimuttu /Ci. Muttuppillai
    Cirappu mikka Civalayankal , 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Pailat Paplikesans, 1978. Series title: Pailat ; 12.

  • Centuraimuttu.
    Colanattuk koyilkal , 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Manivacakar Patippakam ;
    Citamparam : Kitaikkumitam Manivacakar Nulakam, 1988.
    Series title: Tirukkoyil varicai.

  • Centuraimuttu /Ci. Muttuppillai.
    Murukan talankal 33, 1. patippu.
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam : Kitaikkumitam Manivacakar Nulakam, 1987.

  • Centuraimuttu /Ci. Muttuppillai.
    Murukan uraivitankal.
    [1973].

  • Centuraimuttu /Ci. Muttuppillai.
    Pantinattuk koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam : Kitaikkumitam Manivacakar Nulakam, 1987.

  • Centuraimuttu /Ci. Muttuppillai.
    Teyvat tirumalaikal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Valli Puttaka Nilaiyam, 1991.

  • Centuraimuttu
  • Tontai Nattuk koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Citamparam : Manivacakar Patippakam : Kitaikkumitam Manivacakar Nulakam, 1987.

  • Cuntara Copita Raj, K.K.
    Talamarankal, 1. patippu
    Cennai : Copitam : Kitaikkumitam, Ci. El. Es. Puttaka Nilaiyankal, 1994.

  • Dandapani Desigar, S., 1906-
    Atinak koyilkal
    Tarumapuram : Nanacampantap Patippakam, [1949].
    Series title: SAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 44099.

  • Ganapathi, V. / Vai. Kanapati Stapati ;
    utavi, Ti. Kumareca Stapati, Cau. Srinivaca Rakavan ; merparaviyum tunaiyum, Kampan Atippoti (Ca. Kanecan)
    Cirpac cennul
    Cennai : Tolil Nutpak Kalvi Iyakkakam, Tamilnatu, 1978.

  • Gopalakrishnan, Sattanathapuram Subramania, 1916-
    Murukan talam muppatu.
    [1967].

  • Iracamanikkam, Ti.
    Tamilakak kutaivaraik koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Tirunelveli Tennintiya Caivacittanta Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1984.
    Series title: Kalaka veliyitu ; 1748.
  • Iracamanikkam, Ti.
    Tennintiya cirpankalum koyilkalum, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Virpanai urimai, Tirunelveli Tennintiya Caivacittanta Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1992.

  • Irajakopalan, Em.
    Anmikam talaikkum arum perum alayankal, 1st ed.
    Madras : M. Rajagopalan : Virpanai urimai, Sri Intu Paplikesans, 1990.

  • Irajakopalan, Em.
    Arul manam tikalum alayankal, 1st ed.
    Madras : M. Rajagopalan : Virpanai urimai, Sri Intu Paplikesans, 1989.

  • Irajakopalan, Em.
    Iraiyarul nalkum 21 tiruttalankal, 1st ed.
    Madras : M. Rajagopalan : Virpanai urimai, Sri Intu Paplikesans, 1991.

  • Jayacentilnatan, Pu. Ma.
    Tirumurait talankal : talavilakka valikatti nul
    Kancipuram : Intu Sri Cankara Matam Camaya Manram, 1991.

  • Komatinayakam, A.
    Tiruppukalt tiruttalankal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Alaku Patippakam, 1992.

  • Kalaikkovan, Ira. (Iracamanikkanar), 1948-
    Kalai valartta tirukkoyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Tirunelveli Tennintiya Caivacittanta Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1984.
    Series title: Kalaka veliyitu ; 1780.

  • Kalaikkovan, Ira. (Iracamanikkanar), 1948-
    Kattukkul oru kalaikkoyil, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Tirunelveli Tennintiya Caiva Cittanta Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1986.
    Series title: Kalaka veliyitu ; 1829.

  • Kamalai Nanappirakacar.
    Kamalai Nanappirakacar iyarriya Tantivanap puranam
    patippaciriyar Ta. Ve. Viracami. 1st ed.
    Cennai : Ulakat Tamilaraycci Niruvanam, 1981.
    Series title: Publication / International Institute of Tamil Studies ; no. 37.

  • Kantacami, V., 1940-
    Tamilnattin tala varalarukalum panpattuc cinnankalum, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Palaniyappa Piratars, 1983.

  • Mutturacan, Ku.
    Tayvikat tiruttalankal, 1. patippu.
    Tarmapuri : Vacanta Celvi Patippakam, 1993.

  • Nagaswamy, R., 1930-
    Tamilakak koyir kalaikal. 1973.
    Series title: T.N.D.A. pub. ; 26.
  • Narayanaswamy, V. (Venkataraman), 1918-
    Cirappumikka koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Manivacakar Patippakam, 1991.

  • Netunceliyan, Ka.
    Tirunankur, 1. patippu.
    Jeyankontacolapuram : Arun Patippakam, 1994.

  • Nittiyananta Piramam, Uraiyur.
    Civaperuman Narata Maha Munivarukkut tiruvay malarntaruliya Sriranka makattuvam
    Uraiyur Nittiyananta Piramattal Tamilil vacanamaka elutapperru.
    Cennai : Canmukananta Puttakacalai, 1981.

  • Padmanabhan.
    Tiruchendur
    Nagercoil : Kumaran Pathippagam, 1978.

  • Matavan, Ve. Ira.
    Tamilil talapuranankal, 1st ed.
    Tancavur : Pavai Veliyittakam, 1995.

  • Minatci Iraman.
    Alaya nirmana, valipattu, mahorcava tattuvankal
    Maturai : Sri Cankaramisan, [1977?].

  • Muttaiya Pattar, Mu.
    Kumpapiseka kiriyakkirama vilakkam, [2. patippu].
    Tiruccentur, Tirunelveli Mavattam : Mu. Muttaiya Pattar, 1982.

  • Paskarat Tontaiman, To. Mu., 1904-1965.
    Kalainan kanta katavul. [1st ed.].
    Cennai, Mankala nulakam [1968].

  • Patmaja Anantaraman.
    Nammalvar vali navatiruppati, 1.pattippu.
    Tirunelveli : Patmaja Anantaraman, 1993.

  • Pi. Sri., 1892-1981.
    Arupatai vitu vilakkam, Rev. 2nd ed.
    Cennai : Allayans Kampeni, <1990- >.

  • Ratakirusna Pillai, Em., 1911-1974.
    Tamil valartta koyilkal
    Cennai : Mankala Nulakam, [1956?].

  • Ratakirusna Pillai, Em., 1911-1974.
    Tennattuk koyilkal, Rev. ed.
    Cennai : Allayans Kampani, 1987-<1990 >.

  • Sesacaryulu, Vi. Ti.
    Devalayamulu-tattvavettalu, 1st ed.
    Tirupati : Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanamulu, 1985.
    Series title: T.T.D. religious publications series ; no. 281.

  • Vacanta Caravanapavan.
    Terinta koyilkal, teriyata visayankal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Kala Nilaiyam, 1992.

  • Vikkiraman, 1928-
    Cirpam, cittiram, kopuram, koyil :
    kalaic cirappai arimukappatuttum katturaik kottu , 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Vikkiraman Patippakam, 1987.

  • Sendil Thuravi, 1934-
    Canmukar varar.
    (Sastha Publications) [1974]

  • Sendil Thuravi, 1934-
    Katal kakkum Karunaniti.
    (Sastha Publications) [1972].

  • Kalakap Pulavar Kulu.
    Civappatikal varalaru : valik kuripputan
    tokuppu Kalakap Pulavar Kulu. 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Tirunelveli Tennintiya Caivacittanta Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1977.
    South India Saiva Siddhanta Works Publishing Society, Tinnevelly, Limited.
    Series title: Kalaka veliyitu ; 1670.
  • Subbu Reddiar, Nallappa, 1917-
    Colanattut tiruppatikal, 1st ed.
    Cennai : urimai, Pari Nilaiyam, 1981.

  • Tiruttalankal varalaru
    patippaciriyar Cu. Palacaranatan ; utavi, Es. Cayiraman. 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Makamakopattiyaya Taktar U. Ve. Caminataiyar Nul Nilaiyam, 1990.
    Series title: Makamakopattiyaya Taktar U. Ve. Caminataiyar Nul Nilaiya veliyitu ; en 106.

  • Umacankaran, Makentiravati.
    Arul tarum Tamilaka alayankal, 1st ed.
    Cennai : Narmata Patippakam, 1992.

  • Venkatecan, Na.
    Kalvettukalil Tirumal tiruppatikal, 1. patippu.
    Putucceri : Tirumuti Patippakam, 1994.

  • Verric Celvan.
    Tamilnattup periya koyilkal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai : Manivacakar Patippakam ;
    Citamparam : Kitaikkumitam Manivacakar Nulakam, 1989.

  • Vicuvanatan, Irotu Ta.
    Tirumurait ten tulikal, 1. patippu.
    Cennai: Arunotayam, 1988.

  • Somasundaram Pillai, J. M., 1892-
    Colar koyir panikal
    Cennai : Aciriyar Nurpatippuk Kalakam, 1950.
    Series title: SAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 41640.

  • Cuppiramaniya Pillai, Va. Ta.
    Civastala mancari, 3. patippu.
    Cennai : Tiruppati Sri Mahantu Accukkutam, 1931.
    Series title: SAMP early 20th-century Indian books project ; item 41006.

  • Kirusnamurtti, Ca. (Cataicami), 1949-
    Vikkiramacinkapura ula : tolliyal, varalarru nul
    Ed. 1st. Citamparam : A. Unnamalai, 1997.




Books in French

  • Dagens, Bruno.
    Les enseignements architecturaux de L'Ajitagama et du Rauravagama
    Pondichery : Institut francais d'indologie, 1977.
    Series title: Publications de l'Institut francais d'indologie ; no. 57.
    Series title: Etudes sur les agama sivaites ; 1.

  • Boulanger, Chantal.
    Au royaume de Nataraja : un guide des temples, des croyances et des habitants du Tamil Nadu,
    2e ed. entierement rev., corr., et ref.
    Paris : Libr. de l'Inde, 1992.

  • Pattabiramin, P. Z.
    Sanctuaires rupestres de l'Inde du sud
    Pondichery, Institut francais d'indologie, 1971-75.
    Series title: Publications de l'Institut francais d'indologie ; no 42.

  • Temples pallava construits
    etude architecturale par Jacques Dumarcay,
    etude iconographique par Francoise L'Hernault.
    Paris : Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient : diffusion, A. Maisonneuve, 1975.
    Series title: Publications de l'Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient. Memoires archeologiques ; 9.

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