Prakriti Foundation releases a book on the Vaikunta Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram

Prakriti Foundation releases the book Vaikunta Perumal Temple, interpreted by D. Dennis Hudson, on January 7 at 5 p.m. at Kalakshetra Koothambalam. Historian Romila Thapar will deliver the third D. Dennis Hudson Memorial Annual Lecture on “Cyclical and Linear time in Ancient India”.

D. Dennis Hudson taught about India at the Department of Religion at Smith College in the U.S. for 30 years. He first came to India in 1960, and for almost half-a- century, his scholarly engagement with India led him to a study of this country's temple culture with special reference to Tamil Nadu. The book presents Hudson's extraordinary interpretation of the Vaikunta Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram as a three-dimensional mandala. His insight, based on Tirumangai Alvar's poetry and a close study of the Bhagavatha Purana, illumines layers of meaning embodied in the architecture and sculpture of this temple.

This volume is a “summary interpretation” for the general reader, of a larger academic work titled The Body of God, published in the U.S. Romila Thapar is an internationally-acknowledged expert in ancient Indian history. She has written several books, which include Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas (Oxford, 1961), A History of India (Penguin Books, 1966), and also NCERT model history textbooks for school.

The programme is open to all.