Temple ideas

Tourism Minister to Inaugurate “Devayatanam” Temple Architecture Conference in Hampi

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Union Ministry of Culture under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is organizing a two-day international conference ‘Devayatanam – An Odyssey of Indian Temple Architecture the February 25 and 26, 2022 in Hampi, Karnataka.

Minister of Culture, Tourism and DonER G Kishan Reddy will open the conference. Union Minister of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal will also address the conference virtually through a recorded message.

The conference aims to deliberate on the philosophical, religious, social, economic, technical, scientific, artistic and architectural aspects of the temple. It also intends to initiate a dialogue on the evolution and development of different styles of temple architecture such as Nagara, Vesara, Dravida, Kalinga and others.

The inaugural session will be held at Pattabhirama Temple, Hampi while the academic sessions will be held at the Auditorium, Kannada University, Hampi.

The temple has always been an integral part of Indian life and its ecosystem in its own way. Building temples was practiced as a pious act not only in the subcontinent, but the idea also traveled to the nearest neighborhood like Southeast and East Asia; hence, it becomes an interesting study of how the art and technique of temple architecture spread from India to other regions and how this art was modified.