Before joining the Mysore University, he
worked. In, the Archaeological Survey of India
in the excavations at Hampi and Chandravalli.
Later he worked as one of the directors of
excavations at Talakad. Apart from this he
also worked at the excavations of Koppa and
Belagal. Besides, he has discovered many
prehistoric, protohistoric and early historic
sites of great importance In different parts
of Kamataka He has already published
many research articles In learned Journals
In' English and Kannada. He has also
undergone special training in preservation of
Museum Antiquities and was activity
associated with the 'Manjusha' Museum at
The extensive field work undertaken by the author deserves
a special mention. He studied the architectural and sculptural
details and has analyzed this rich data to test his hypothesis.
namely to understand the special features of this art in the non-
focal area of the Hoysala Kingdom. He has arrived at very
interesting and important conclusions from this study. I feel
that this model of Dr. Rangaraju should be taken up for other
areas of the Hoysala Empire.
Apart from the stylistic analysis, the learned author has
analyzed all the available epigraphic material to understand the
chronology of the Hoysala temples in Mandya and Tumkur
districts. He has also made use of the names of the sculptors.
wherever available, to corroborate the date of the temples.
Thus. thanks to Dr. Rangaraju, we have a firm dating for these
temples. On the whole, this attempt by a young and enthusiastic scholar has thrown welcome light on Hoysala art and I am
happy to congratulate him for this fine study. Now that the
author is well acquainted with the methodology. it is hoped that
he will continue this study and cover other areas of the Hoysala
Empire. I commend this work and recommend it to the scholars
and the general readers.
This study comprises of five chapters. The first chapter
is in the form of an introduction containing political background
and' the second chapter deals with salient features of Hoysala
art. The next two chapters are devoted for a detailed study of
Hoysala temples in Mandya and Tumkur districts. This is
followed by an epilogue. Line- drawings and photographs have
been added as illustrative material.
I have received great help in preparing this book from
many individuals and institutions. First and foremost I should
mention my research guide Prof. A. V. Narasimha Murthy. He
encouraged me at every step and took keen interest in my thesis
offering various useful suggestions. He has also contributed a
generous foreword to this book. I express my gratefulness to
The Former Vice-chancellor Prof. M. Madaiah has been a
great source of inspiration to me and has generously helped me
in getting my book printed from Prearrange- I am greatly
beholden to him. Another person I cannot forget is Pujya
Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Srikshetra,
Dharmasthala, who has been a pillar of strength to me in all
my endeavors. I salute this great savant.
Sri N. S. Raghunath, Reader in English. Regional College
of Education has gone through the manuscript and offered
valuable suggestions. Sri H. M. Nagaraja Rao of KIKS has
helped me in correcting the proofs. Dr. M. Kulenur, and Director
Sri B. S. Siddegowda and staff of the Mysore University
Printing Press have taken great interest at the stage of the printing.
Prof. Aravinda Malagatti, Director and Sri D. K. Eregowda,
Deputy Director. Prearrange have taken keen interest in the
publication. Indian Council of Historical Research had given a
small grant to me for my Research The American Institute of
Indian Studies, Varanasi had supplied me the photographs at the
time of my Research and some of which have been used here. In
this connection Sri M A. Dhaky, Director (Research) had helped
me greatly. Sri Kuppachar and B. T. Lakshmegowda have
prepared the maps and line-drawings. Mis. Kamal Studio have
done the photography. whereas Sri M. A. Sudhir Kumar,
Parshvanath and K. S. Somashekar have helped me in photography. My departmental colleagues Prof. M. V. Krishnappa and
Dr. M. P. Mahadevaiah have offered various suggestions. My
brother N. S. Kantharaj, Sriyuts C. Basavegowda and S. Thippeswamy have helped me in various ways. Dr- D. V. Devaraj.
Retired Director and Sri M. L. Shivashankar the present
Director of Archaeology have helped me in various ways. The
cover design bas been done by Sri Venkatesh.
I am highly grateful to our esteemed Vice-Chancellor
Prof. S. N. Hegde and also to Prof V. G. Talwar Registrar,
University of Mysore.
My wife Smt. Surekha has helped me in preparing the
Index. besides extending all support. I express my grateful
thanks to all these persons.
I hope that the world of scholars would warmly receive this
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