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Jules Verne wrote of the "marvellous temples enriched by the exhaustless ornamentation of Indian architecture" that Phileas Fogg witnessed on his journey through India. Here Georgina Bexon explores the history and architecture of these temples, or mandirs, helping us to read these beautiful buildings.

Top tips: 

Learn more about Hindu art and architecture. For a video on Hindu Temples video from Asian Art Museum, San Francisco:

Explore Hindu Deities in video from The British Library.

Watch this Hindu Art video from Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

For more tips see our Virtual Travellers Group.

Relevant chapter in the novel: 11, 12, 13

You can leave comments on each film, join the book club or chat online with fellow Virtual Travellers to exchange experiences, views and even your own photos of locations along the journey.



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For subtitles watch this film on YouTube. Click the CC icon on the video screen (once you've started the video screen).  

Image by Arya Jalundhwala

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24 July 2021

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