|Published:||January 01, 1980|
The current work is a wonderful addition to the small number of publications that have been written about Nepal, which was a closed nation until 1951. The book is the outcome of an experienced archaeologist and art historian's careful observation and the combination of their research of Nepal's many literary and inscriptional sources. As much as it would have been possible within the confines of a single book, Dr. Banerjee attempted to include the full miscellany of architecture. Of these, the New Year's festival (Bisketjatra), the Farewell to the Dead (Gaijatra), and the Victory of the goddess Durga (Dasain), which take place in October, have major significance for the community. Additionally, throughout the course of nine months, the Navadurg Deities' ritual leaves a mark on the urban environment's spatial and temporal integrity. The so-called Nepalese "pagodas," which have a serrated profile and stand on a raised platform that itself is the result of a series of receding tiers of plinths, stand out among the multitudinous miscellany and have been thoroughly discussed as a phenomenon throughout all of South and Southeast Asia. The book makes an effort, among other things, to trace the development of the twin features of multiple roofs and pilots as architectural occurrences, as well as their evolution, dissemination, and eventual integration in Nepal with clear connections to its neighbors. The Sikhara and Nagara styles of temples in Nepal developed on the local soil without the use of mandapas or other auxiliary buildings.