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Interesting Facts about Dravidian Style Temples
Interesting Facts about Dravidian Style Temples

Aman Saxena
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Temple construction in India started nearly 2000 years ago and marked the transition of Hinduism from the Vedic religion. The architecture of Hindu temples has evolved ever since resulting in a great variety of styles. South India is home to numerous temples which has many facts and stories related to it. Let`s collect some of the facts.

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Shreya Shetty
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The Dravidian style is the typical South Indian style temple that is usually made from stone. The temple shape may be rectangular square, star-shaped or octagonal. These temples usually have gopurams which are large towers over the entrances, a vimana which is the tower over the sanctum and large pillared halls and corridors.

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The Hindu temple architecture is an open symmetry driven structure with many variations on a square grid of padas depicting perfect geometric shapes such as circles and squares. A Hindu temple consists of an inner sanctum, the garbha griha or womb-chamber, where the primary Murti or the image of a deity is housed along with Purusa. The garbhagriha is crowned by a tower-like Shikhara also called the Vimana. The architecture includes an ambulatory for parikrama circumambulation a congregation hall and sometimes an antechamber and porch. The Hindu temple architecture reflects a synthesis of arts, the ideals of dharma, beliefs, values and the way of life cherished under Hinduism. It is a link between man, deities and the Universal Purusa in a sacred space. In ancient Indian texts, a temple is a place for Tirtha - pilgrimage. It is a sacred site whose ambience and design attempts to symbolically condense the ideal tenets of Hindu way of life. All the cosmic elements that create and celebrate life in Hindu pantheon are present in a Hindu temple - from fire to water, from images of nature to deities, from the feminine to the masculine, from kama to artha, from the fleeting sounds and incense smells to Purusha - the eternal nothingness yet universality - is part of a Hindu temple architecture. The architectural principles of Hindu temples in India are described in Shilpa Shastras and Vastu Sastras. The Hindu culture has encouraged aesthetic independence to its temple builders and its architects have sometimes exercised considerable flexibility in creative expression by adopting other perfect geometries and mathematical principles in Mandir construction to express the Hindu way of life.

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Shreya Shetty
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The poses of these sculptures have actually helped in preserving south Indian dance forms as well.

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Sophia James
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What is a Shikhara?

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Stuti Jain
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A Shikhara is a rising tower in the Jain and Hindu temple architecture of North India.

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