Hindu temple architecture
The Hindu temple architecture is an open, symmetry driven structure, with many variations, on a square grid of padas, deploying perfect geometric shapes such as circles and squares. A Hindu temple con...
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Garbhagriha
Garbhagriha or Garbha gruha (garbha gṛha) (Sanskrit: गर्भगॄह) is the sanctum sanctorum, the innermost sanctum of a Hindu temple where resides the murti (idol or icon) of the primary deity of the templ...
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Urushringa
An urushringa is a subsidiary tower pasted against the main tower (sikhara) in the Hindu temple architecture. The urushringa is lower and narrower than the sikhara. It strengthens the feeling of heigh...
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Jagati (temple)
A Jagati is a raised surface, platform or terrace upon which some buddhist or hindu temples are built This feature is seen in isolated temples such as the temples of Khajuraho. It is usually not seen ...
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Dwajasthambam
A dhavajastambha, kotimaram or koti-k-kampam is a flagstaff that usually features South Indian Hindu temples. Two other objects that are grouped together with this flagstaff, are the "balipitha" (alta...
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Dambal
Dambala (Kannada: ಡಂಬಳ ) is a village in the gadag district of the state of Karnataka, India. It was an ancient center of Buddhism and remained so as late as the 12th century.Dambal is at an el...
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Ananda Nilayam
The glittering gold plated gopuram of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is called Ananda Nilayam (abode of Happiness). According to Vaishnava philosophy, gopurams of the sanctu...
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Amalaka
An Amalaka, is a stone disk, usually with ridges on the rim, that sits atop a temple's main tower (Sikhara). According to one interpretation, the amalaka represents a lotus, and thus the symbolic sea...
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Sikhara
Śikhara, a Sanskrit word translating literally to "mountain peak", refers to the rising tower in the Hindu temple architecture of North India. Sikhara over the sanctum sanctorum where the presiding d...
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Kshetram
Kshetram (Kshetra) literally means a place. In Hindu mythology, it is referred to as the physical holy location where a temple or a collection of temples, its tank and deities exist.
There exist ...
Kalasam
Hindu temples typically have Kalasam at the top of temple towers. These Kalasam in form of inverted pot is one of the prominent symbol of temples. Periodic renewal of temple is called kumbabishekam ce...
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Gopuram
Gopuram (Gopura (singular)), is a monumental tower, usually ornate, at the entrance of any temple, especially in Southern India. This forms a prominent feature of Koils, Hindu temples of the Dravidian...
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Moolavar
Moolavar or Mulavar is a Sanskrit word referring to the main deity in a Hindu Temple. Moola means "main", which in turn refers to the primary deity in the temple.
The sanctuary inside the Hindu t...
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Kbach
Kbach (Khmer: ក្បាច់) are traditional decorative elements of Cambodian architecture. While 'kbach' is a term that can be used to refer to any sort of art-form style in the Khmer language, such as a ge...
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Prakaram
A Prakaram (प्राकारम् in Sanskrit), also spelled Pragaram or Pragaaram) in Indian architecture is an outer part around the Hindu temple sanctum. These may be enclosed or open and are typically enclos...
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Koil
Koil or Kovil, "King's House" is the Tamil term for a distinct style of Hindu temple with Dravidian architecture.Ambalam is also used for temple. In Thiruvarutpa, clear usage of Ambalam can be seen i...
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Theertham
Theertham (Theertha) literally refers to water. In Hindu mythology, it is referred to as the physical holy water body associated with a temple or deity.
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Gajabrishta
Gajabrishta Gaja in Sanskrit means Elephant. 'Brishta' is the back portion of a sitting elephant. The later Cholas of the Chola empire in Indian subcontinent, especially the ones in the Thondai Mandal...
Vesara
Vesara (aka Karnataka Dravida style) is a type of Indian architecture primarily used in temples lying in the region between the Vindhyas and the river Krishna (VK Agnihotri, Indian History, p. B-34). ...
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Puttara
Puttara is a Malayalam word for a platform where flowers are kept. It is a seven-tired platform and located in the south-west corner of every kalari. Here is where the guardian deity is located. Flowe...
Shikharbaddha Mandir
A shikharbaddha mandir is a traditional Hindu place of worship, typically featuring architecture characterized by pinnacles and domes and often built of carved marble, sandstone, or other stone. Whil...
Prang (architecture)
A prang is a tall tower-like spire, usually richly carved. They were a common shrine element of Hindu and Buddhist architecture in the Khmer Empire. They were later adapted by Buddhist builders in Tha...
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Mamuni Mayan
Maamuni Mayan (மாமுனி)Maya also refers to asura Maya Dānava (Mayasura) of the Mahabharata who is son of Diti (wife of Kashyapa a SaptaRisi). He is said to have built the Mayasabha to the Pandavas. May...
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Deep Jyoti Stambh
Deep Jyoti Stambh or Deep Stambha is a unique piece of Hindu architecturalstructure, usually found in many Hindu Temples. As the name indicates Deep means Diya and Jyoti means Light and Stambh means a...
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Jaga mohan
A Jaga Mohan or Jagamohan or Jagamohana is an assembly hall in the Hindu temple architecture, especially in Orissa.It is located between the temple entrance and the Garba griha that is to say, the hea...
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Sthala Vriksha
A Sthala Vriksha or Sthala Vruksham (Tamil:ஸ்தல வ்ருக்ஷம்), is a monumental tree that is indigenous to every historical Hindu temple. This forms a prominent feature of Koils, Hindu temples of the Drav...
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Sharada Peeth
Sharada Peeth ([Urdu]]: شاردا پیٹھ), located near Sharda in Azad Kashmir, at the de facto border of India and Pakistan (Line of Control) (LOC), was the famous temple of the goddess Sarasvatī (Sharda) ...
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Khmer architecture
The period of Angkor is the period from approximately the latter half of the 8th century AD to the first half of the 15th century. If precise dates are required, the beginning may be set in 802 AD, wh...
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