"The Living Temple: Aesthetics in Silpa śāstra", lecture December 28th, 2013, (DOWNLOAD pdf)

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Konarka. Chariot of the Sungod

Photography: Oki Morihiro, Text: Bettina Bäumer & M. A. Konishi

Delhi, D.K. Print World, 2007

Co-editor of
Silpa Prakasa, Medieval Orissan Sanskrit Text on Temple Architecture

by Ramacandra Mahapatra Kaula Bhattaraka. Introduction and Translation by Alice Boner and Sadasiva Rath Sharma, revised and edited by Bettina Bäumer, Rajendra Prasad Das, Sadananda Das

New Delhi, (I.G.N.C.A. and Motilal Banarsidass), 2005

Editor of:
Prakrti. The Agamic Tradition and the Arts

Delhi (IGNCA and D.K. Printworld) 1994

Silparatnakosa, A Glossary of Orissan Temple Architecture

Edited and translated, in collaboration with Rajendra Prasad Das, Delhi (IGNCA and Motilal Banarsidass), 1994

Editor of:
Vol I: Kalatattvakosa, A Lexicon of Fundamental Concepts of the Indian Arts
Delhi (IGNCA and Motilal Banarsidass), 1988

Vol. II: Concepts of Space and Time
Delhi, 199

Vol. III: Primal Elements – Mahabhuta
Delhi, 1996

Editor: Alice Boner, S.R. Sarma, B. Bäumer

Vastusutra Upanisad. The Essence of Form in Sacred Art

Delhi, 1982 (3rd revised edition, 1996, 4th ed. 2000)

Editor of

Rupa Pratirupa, Alice Boner Commemoration Volume

New Delhi (Biblia Impex), 1982


1.    The Divine Artist, in: The Indian Theosophist, Thakur Jaideva Singh Felicitation Number, Oct.-Nov. 1985, Vol. 82, Nos. 10-11, pp. 79-86.
2.    Pañjara et yantra: Le diagramme de l'image sacré, in : Mantras et diagrammes rituels dans l'hindouisme, ed. by A. Padoux, Paris (C.N.R.S.) 1986.
3.    Puruṣa and the Origin of Form, in: Rūpa Pratirūpa, Alice Boner Commemoration Volume, New Delhi (Biblia Impex), 1982, pp. 27-34.
4.    Unmanifest and Manifest Form according to the Śaivāgamas, in: A.L. Dallapiccola (Ed.), Shastric Traditions in Indian Arts, Stuttgart (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg), 1989, pp. 339-349.
5.    L'image divine: Sa raison d'être et son effet selon la Vāstusūtra Upaniṣad in: L'image divine, culte et méditation dans l'hindouisme, ed. by A. Padoux, Paris (C.N.R.S.) 1990.
6.    From Guhā to Ākāśa: The Mystical Cave in the Vedic and Śaiva Traditions, in: K. Vatsyayan (Ed.), Concepts of Space, Ancient and Modern, New Delhi (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Abhinav) 1991, pp. 105-122.
7.    Mudrā: Its Metaphysical Basis in Kashmir Śaivism, in: Art, The Integral Vision, Kapila Vatsyayan Felicitation Volume, ed. by B.N. Saraswati, S.C. Malik, Madhu Khanna, New Delhi ( D.K. Printworld) 1994, pp. 111-121.
8.    The Rājārānī Temple Re-identified, in: India International Centre Quarterly, Spring 1994 ( Utkaldhvani), pp.124-132.
9.    Lines of Fire, Lines of Water: The Elements in Śilpa-Śāstra, in: Prakṛti: The Āgamic Tradition and the Arts (see books).
10.    The Relevance of Śilpa/Vāstuśāstra, in : Gandhian Perspectives, Vol. VII, No.1, Spring 1994, pp. 23-28.
11.    Aesthetics of mysticism or mysticism of aesthetics? The approach of Kashmir Śaivism, in: Mysticism in Śaivism and Christianity, ed. by Bettina Bäumer,  New Delhi, (D.K. Printworld), 2nd  Edition, 2006, pp. 329-349.
12.    Yoga and Art: An Indian Approach, in: B.N. Goswamy (ed.), Indian Art: Forms, Concerns and Development in Historical Perspective, New Delhi (Munshiram Manoharlal), 2000, pp. 77-90.
13.    From Stone to God, in: R. Nagaswamy, Foundations of Indian Art, Chennai (Tamil Arts Academy) 2002, pp.. 28-38.
14.    Beauty as Ānandaśakti in Kashmir Śaivism, in: Saundarya. The Perception and Practice of Beauty in India, ed. by H.V. Dehejia and M. Paranjape. New Delhi (Samvad India Foundation) 2003.
15.    The Lord of the Heart: Abhinavagupta’s Aesthetics and Kashmir Śaivism, in: Religion and the Arts, A Journal from Boston College, Vol. 12-1-3 (2008), Special Issue: The Interreligious Imagination, ed. By Richard Kearney, Brill, Leiden, pp. 214-229.
16.    Light and Reflection: The Metaphysical Background of Aesthetics in Kashmir Śaivism, in: Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition, ed. by Kapila Vatsyayan and D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi, 2008, pp. 127-147.
17.    Dhvani in Stone: Architecture and Sculpture (unpublished).
18.    Text and Temple in Orissa: The Rājāranī Temple at Bhubaneswar, in: Heritage Conservation and Research in India. 60 Years of Indo-Austrian Collaboration, ed. by Gabriela Krist, Tatjana Bayerova, Wien, Böhlau Verlag, 2010, pp. 41-46.
19.    Also the following articles in Kalātattvakośa, A Lexicon of Fundamental Concepts of the Indian Arts, Vols. I-V, especially: art. rekhā, Vol. V, New Delhi, 2002, pp. 1-35

Photography by Oki Morihiro, from: Konarka. Chariot of the Sungod