🗣️ Saarthak Singh
👤 organized by the Groupe de recherches en études indiennes (GREI)
📅 Wenesday 29th March - 11h to 12h30
📍 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 8 avenue de Saint-Mandé, 75012 Paris
This conference will be about : "Titre de la conférence : « Pilgrimage and Procession in a Shared Sacred Space: Inscriptions from Udaypur in Medieval Malwa".
At Udaypur in modern-day Madhya Pradesh, a major Śiva temple founded in 1080 stands as the only surviving imperial monument of the Paramāra kingdom of Malwa (972-1305). Remarkably, a congregational mosque built here in 1338 under the Sultanate of Delhi (1206-1526) is situated on the same platform, directly attached to the temple’s śikhara. A series of inscriptions on the temple walls reveal that the temple and the mosque continued to operate side-by-side under Muslim rule during the 14ᵗʰ-15ᵗʰ centuries. This new epigraphic evidence will be presented for the first time. Written in colloquial Sanskrit, the records give a precise date on which pilgrims participated in the festival procession of the temple deity, using the generic term yātrā—in its vernacular form jātrā—to designate both the god’s procession and the pilgrim’s journey. A variety of sources show that yātrās were highly public performances that involved flag-raising, image processions, music, dancing and drama, and thus punctuated the festival calendar of urban temples in the 10ᵗʰ-13ᵗʰ centuries.