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Temple Traditions of Melukote – DVD and Book Launch

May 13, 2017

Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt in association with  Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts – Southern Regional Centre is organising  DVD and Book Launch of Temple Traditions of Melukote.

on the ocassion of Sri Ramanuja Sahasramanotsava – 2017

Ritual Enactment in Temple Tradition (Book)
Cheluvanarayana Svami Temple, Melukote

Rituals & Festivals in Temple Traditions of Melukote Established by Sri Ramanujacharya (DVD)
by Dr.Choodamani Nandagopal
Author and Project Coordinator

About the Book and DVD

The temples of India, particularly of South India are a living testimony to the efficacy of the sacred world of consecrated images and are integral to the conception of the enlivened image. The ancient modes of worship authenticated by the agamas have continued to this day, and the practicing priests provide material on these for conducting holistic studies to get a unifying vision. These resources are termed today as ‘Living Traditions’ or ‘Living Human Treasures’, which come under the category of ‘Intangible Human Heritage. They have relevance to the category of socio-psycho and socio-cultural elements of human values experienced through the senses both strong and fragile, as they rely on ‘communities to pass it on’.

The project on ‘Ritual Enactment at the shrine of Cheluvanarayanasvami Melukote’ is conceived keeping in mind the vision of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, IGNCA to document temple traditions and bring them into the fold of scholastic and academic framework. Melukote, endowed with tangible and intangible cultural heritage, has the charismatic installed image of Sri Cheluvanarayanasvami and the processional image of Shevapillai fondly worshipped by Sri Ramanujacharya in the 12th century. Melukote as a temple town received its due patronage from Hoysalas,Vijayanagar and Wodeyar rulers. The publication pertains to the year-long ritual tradition laid down by Sri Ramanujacharya. The text supported by beautiful photographs and meaningful illustrations authenticate the value of research and documentation of the Ritual Enactment performed on specific days and months at this temple town. The DVD presents a documented overview of the year-long ritual tradition laid down by Sri Ramanujacharya almost 1000 years ago.

DVD and Book Launch on Sunday | 14th May 2017 | 4:00 PM

Bengaluru Palace,
Palace Grounds,
Vasanth Nagar,
Near Mount Carmel College,


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