Dr. Jonas Buchholz

organizational unit

Hinduistische Tempellegenden (HTL)

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2 | Building 4400 | Room 004
69115 Heidelberg, Germany
+49 (0)6221 54 4095

Curriculum Vitae

Jonas Buchholz studied Sanskrit and Tamil in Heidelberg and finished his studies with an M.A. degree in 2012. In 2018, he defended his PhD thesis on classical Tamil literature at the University of Hamburg. From 2014 to 2019, he worked as a research associate in the ERC funded project “Going from Hand to Hand: Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned Traditions (NETamil)” at the University of Hamburg. From 2019 to 2022, he conducted the DFG-funded project “Temple Networks in Early Modern South India” together with Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken at the University of Heidelberg. He has also taught as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Tübingen and Göttingen. Since 2022, he is employed at the research project “Hindu Temple Legends in South India” at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and acts as deputy leader of the project. His research interests include Tamil and Sanskrit literatures and their mutual relationship, Tamil Śaiva temple culture, manuscript studies, as well as Digital Humanities.


  • since 2022: Research fellow, deupty project leader of the research unit “Hindu Temple Legends in South India”, Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities.
  • 2019-2022: Research fellow, co-PI of the DFG project “Temple Networks in Early Modern South India”, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.
  • 2014-2019: Research fellow, ERC project “Going from Hand to Hand: Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned Traditions”, University of Hamburg.
  • 2017-2018: Visiting lecturer, Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg
  • 2014-2015: Visiting lecturer, Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen
  • 2012-2013: Visiting lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen


  • 2013-2018: PhD in Indology, University of Hamburg
  • 2006-2012: M.A. (Magister Artium) in Classical Indology, Modern Indology, and Semitic Studies, Heidelberg University

Selected publications and lectures


Edited books

  • 2022 (with Malini Ambach and Ute Hüsken). Temples, Texts, and Networks: South Indian Perspectives. Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing. https://doi.org/10.11588/hasp.906


  • 2023. “The Country and the City in the Kāñcippurāṇam”. Cracow Indological Studies 25 (1): 41-77. https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.25.2023.01.02
  • 2023. “Same Same but Different: The Tamil Kāñcippurāṇam and Its Sanskrit Source”. In Visions and Revisions of Sanskrit Narrative: Studies in the Indian Epics and Purāṇas, ed. by Raj Balkaran & McComas Taylor , 387-416. Canberra: ANU Press. http://doi.org/10.22459/VRSN.2023.16
  • 2022. “Sthalamāhātmyas and Talapurāṇams of Kanchipuram: A Network of Texts.” In Temples, Texts, and Networks: South Indian Perspectives, edited by Malini Ambach, Jonas Buchholz and Ute Hüsken, 11-40. Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing. https://doi.org/10.11588/hasp.906.c13934
  • 2020. “Construing a Corpus: The Mnemonic Stanza on the Kīḻkkaṇakku Works”. In Colophons, Prefaces, Satellite Stanzas. Paratextual Elements and Their Role in the Transmission of Indian Texts, ed. by Eva Wilden & Suganya Anandakichenin, 19-62. Hamburg: Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universität Hamburg.  https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03186034
  • 2019. “Commentaries on the Kīḻkkaṇakku Akam Works”. In The Commentary Idioms of the Tamil Learned Traditions, ed. by Suganya Anandakichenin & Victor B. D’Avella, 335-383. Pondicherry: École française d’Extrême-Orient, Institut Français de Pondichéry.  https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02454169
  • 2017 (with Giovanni Ciotti). “What a Multiple-Text Manuscript Can Tell Us About the Tamil Scholarly Tradition: The Case of UVSL 589”. In manuscript cultures 10, 129-144. https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/publications/mc/mc10.html
  • 2015/2016. “Countering Kampaṉ: C. N. Annadurai’s Critique of the Rāmāyaṇa”. In Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien 32/33, 203-232.

Book reviews

  • 2023. Review of Rafael Klöber: Sivaismus im Wandel. Der tamilische Saiva Siddhanta seit dem 19. Jahrhundert. In Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 118(3), 214–215. https://doi.org/10.1515/olzg-2023-0073