Showing posts with label Antarala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Antarala. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is A Mahamandapa In Hindu Temple Architecture?

 

The mahamandapa is an architectural element found in the Nagara architectural style's Khajuraho variant.

The Nagara style, which is mostly found in northern India, emphasizes verticality, with the entire temple building culminating in a single highest point; in the Khajuraho variant, the entire structure gradually leads up to the central tower, much like foothills lead up to the mountains, with the central tower's peak directly over the temple's primary image.

The mahamandapa refers to the temple's main entrance-hall, which was separated from the main sanctuary (garbhagrha) by a small vestibule known as the antarala in this architecture.


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Antarala?



Antarala is a word that means "intermediate space." 


  • The antarala was a space between the main hall of a temple and the inner sanctum (garbhagrha), which held the image of the temple's principal deity. 
  • Nagara architecture, one of three main types of Hindu temples, is distinguished by the antarala. 
  • Only the biggest temples had this area, and many smaller ones did not have it at all.





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