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Showing posts with label Garbhagrha. 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 - Where Is The Kailasanatha Temple?


The temple is dedicated to the deity Shiva in his avatar as the "Lord of Mount Kailas" and is the biggest and most renowned of the rock-cut temples at Ellora in Maharashtra.

The temple was built by rulers of the Rashtrakuta dynasty in the late eighth century and finished during the reign of Krishna I.

An outside entrance, an assembly hall, and a central shrine (garbhagrha) encircled by a procession route (pradakshina) to lesser shrines are the principal aspects of the Kailasanatha temple, which is styled after other contemporary temples.

It is built on a high platform foundation with a 96-foot-tall spire that represents Mount Kailas in the Himalayas and is adorned with beautiful carving.

The whole construction of this temple is a sculpture—workers cut it out of a single rock protrusion, beginning at the top and working their way down.

It is thought that three million cubic feet of stone were removed from the temple and the excavated courtyards around it during construction.

Artificial caves may also be found here. 


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Hinduism - What Is A Garbhagrha In Hindu Temple Arch itecture?


 (“womb-house”) The garbhagrha is the inner sanctuary of a temple in traditional Hindu architecture, which houses the image of the temple's principal deity.

The garbhagrha was positioned just below the peak of the tallest tower of the Nagara architectural style common in northern and eastern India, in which the whole temple edifice culmiinates in one highest point (shikhara).

The garbhagrha's position is identified by a tower taller than the rest of the roof in the Dravida style seen in southern India—in which temples are shorter but tend to spread over wide distances.

 

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