Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Colourful Temple Top, i.e. Shikhara...


Temple architecture in the Hindu tradition is connected to astronomy and sacred geometry. The temple is a representation of the macrocosm (the universe) as well as the microcosm (the inner space).

A basic Hindu temple consists of an inner sanctum, the
garbha griha or womb-chamber, in which the image is housed, often with space for its circumambulation, a congregation hall, and possibly an antechamber and porch. The sanctum is crowned by a tower-like shikara,as shown here.

The earliest temples were built with perishable materials like timber and clay. Cave-temples, temples carved out of the stone or built with bricks came later. Heavy stone structures with ornate architecture and sculpture belong to a still later period. In spite of the basic pattern being the same, varieties did appear, gradually leading to the evolution of different styles in temple architecture. More >>
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6 comments:

Louise Tue Aug 08, 09:32:00 AM GMT+5:30  

This is a great photo, and the description is really interesting. thank you.

Nancee Tue Aug 08, 06:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Beautiful temple and photo. I love the blue - so bright and unexpected.

karmic_jay Tue Aug 08, 06:54:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Nice pics.. loved your other blog too.

luggi Tue Aug 08, 10:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Extraordinary. Thanks for the info.

Aditi Tue Aug 08, 11:04:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Beautiful and informative... =)

Rajesh Dangi Wed Aug 09, 08:58:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Thanks, keeps me going!!