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This front matter section of the book titled Temple Consecration Rituals in Ancient India: Text and Archaeology contains the acknowledgements and list of illustrations. The principal aim of the book is to study three important construction rituals of the Hindu tradition: the laying of the first stones, the placing of the consecration deposit and the placing of the crowning bricks. These rituals are described in numerous Sanskrit texts on architecture and religion, which date from ca. 7th to 16th centuries AD. It is therefore hardly surprising that the present study is based mainly on textual sources. The chief source is the Kāśyapaśilpa, a South Indian treatise on art and architecture and ritual, written in Sanskrit, usually dated 11th?12th century AD.

Keywords: ancient India; Hindu tradition; Kāśyapaśilpa



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