The apsidal shrine in early Hinduism: Origins, cultic affiliation, patronage

@article{Ray2004TheAS,
  title={The apsidal shrine in early Hinduism: Origins, cultic affiliation, patronage},
  author={Himanshu Prabha Ray},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  year={2004},
  volume={36},
  pages={343 - 359}
}
  • H. Ray
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • History
  • World Archaeology
This paper argues against the current view that the apsidal form was Buddhist in origin and that apsidal Hindu temples are essentially Buddhist shrines subsequently converted to Hinduism. It also counters the linear view of religious change, which suggests that the Hindu temple came into its own after the decline of Buddhism in the fourth-fifth centuries ad. Instead, the paper establishes that the apsidal form was part of a common architectural vocabulary widely used from the second century bc… 
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