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Swaminarayan HinduismTradition, Adaptation, and Identity$
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Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463749.001.0001

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Swaminarayan Temple Building

Swaminarayan Temple Building

Tradition and Innovation

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Swaminarayan Hinduism

Rabindra Vasavada

Oxford University Press

The reinterpretation of western Indian temple architecture in the temple-building activities of Swaminarayan highlights the architectural expressions and cultural relevance through concepts of space and form and formal attributes and symbols. The survey shows how change and continuity develop within Swaminarayan temple architecture and how the scale and expanse of the temples varied depending on the emphases of the community for which they were built. The expanded role of Swaminarayan institutions led to larger complexes for the temples and for Akshardham pilgrimage sites. The focus is on the current approach of master builders and sadhus in interpreting ideas expressed in temple architecture.

Keywords:   architecture, temple, Swaminarayan, Akshardham, pilgrimage, master builders, sadhus, New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Jain

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