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Heaven On Earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple, Pepitha Seth, Niyogi Books, RS.2,995

Heaven on Earth: The Universe of Kerala’s Guruvayur Temple takes the reader into the heart of this complex universe, chronicling the temple’s myth and history, describing its rituals and beliefs, its traditional style of management, its festivals and patronage of Kerala’s ancient art forms, its elephants and, and of course, the beliefs of all those who worship within its precincts. It is a book made possible both by the trust and willingness of the people, including the temple priests, to share their knowledge, and by author-photographer Pepita Seth’s commitment to the project and her determination to represent the scope of the temple’s world. This remarkable and unique record is the outcome of seven years of careful research enhanced by sensitive photographs that not only portray all the aspects of life within the temple, but its atmosphere of intangible divinity. Pepita Seth was born in London and grew up in a farm in Suffolk. Her career began in the cutting rooms, editing documentaries and feature films and working with directors. In 1970, shemade her first visit to to India, later to Kerala. From then on, between work assignments, she made regular visits to Kerala, finally basing herself in Thrissur where she now lives.