Adult Programs

Heavens on Earth: Madurai and the south Indian temple-city

Bhaktavatsala temple, Tirukkalukundram, Tamilnadu

Many cities across Asia are considered to be ‘cosmic cities’, the divine or heavenly order being recreated in architectural or urban form on earth. In India a number of cities embody this conception, both ancient foundations such as Varanasi (Benares) and new cities such as Jaipur. In this lecture the idea of the city as a sacred centre will be explored in the Tamil region of southern India where temples dominate the urban fabric of many pre-modern cities.

Speaker: Dr Crispin Branfoot, Senior Lecturer in South Asian art & archaeology & MA Programmes Convenor Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London.

In partnership with the University of Toronto.


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B


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