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In Andal's Garden: Art, Ornament and Devotion in Srivilliputtur

Venkatesan, Archana and Branfoot, Crispin (2015) In Andal's Garden: Art, Ornament and Devotion in Srivilliputtur. Mumbai: Marg Publications.

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Abstract

Kotai was a 9th-century Tamil Vaishnava poet and mystic, and the author of two poems, the Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli. Today, she is worshipped as the goddess Andal or Goda, all across southern India, and her arresting poetry finds expression in ritual, music, dance and the visual arts. Her most important temple is in Srivilliputtur, a small town in Tamil Nadu, and believed to be the place of her birth. In Andal’s Garden takes the reader to Srivilliputtur to explore Andal’s temple, her visualization in painting, sculpture, festival ritual and performance, and the history and sacred landscape of southern Tamil Nadu under the Pandyas and later Nayakas of Madurai. In combining the architectural, literary and theological, this book offers up possibilities of new, interdisciplinary ways of seeing the temple as a living, changing and dynamic space.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISBN: 9789383243105
Depositing User: Crispin Branfoot
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 16:05
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21667

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