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Hinduism - What Is The Sun Temple In India?

 

 

Sun Temple is the common name of a specific Hindu temple dedicated to the sun.

The most well-known sun temple is located at Konarak, Orissa, on the Bay of Bengal's coast.

The temple was constructed by King Narasimhadeva (r.1238–1264), a member of the Ganga dynasty, and was designed to resemble the sun's chariot.

At the temple's lowest level, it features twelve huge wheels engraved on the sides, as well as sculptures of many gigantic horses in front.

The lower floors, like those of Khajuraho's temples, are covered with sensual and sexually graphic sculptures, to which many interpretations have been given: Some argue that they legitimize carnal pleasure as a religious route, while others consider them allegorical as expressing human unity with the divine, and yet others believe they teach that the craving for pleasure must be overcome in order to achieve the divine.

The temple was erected on a gigantic scale; the central spire, according to one estimate, would have been over 200 feet tall.

The sandy soil on which the temple plat form was constructed would not have been able to withstand the weight of such a massive edifice, hence it's unclear whether this spire was ever finished.

The most significant factor to the temple's decline has been the same unstable soil.

The jagamohan (assembly hall) is the only remaining building on the site, which was filled with sand in the nineteenth century to avoid further collapse.

For further detail, read Roy Craven's Indian Art, published in 1997.


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Hinduism - Where Is The Jagamohan Temple Located?


The jagamohan is the entry porch to the temple in Orissa temple architecture, which is one of the principal styles of the northern Indian Nagara style.

It serves as a transitional area between the outer world and the holy space farther in.

The jagamohan, or major interior space, of Orissan temples tended to be low and squat, in stark contrast to the deul, or main internal area, a beehive-shaped tower under which the temple's chief god image dwelt. 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Hoysaleshvar Temple In India?

 


Hoysaleshvar Temple is a Hindu temple in Halebid, India.

The Hoysala temple at Halebid, the dynasty's capital city, is the largest and most spectacular of the dynasty's temples; the temple itself was completed between 1141–1182.

The deity Shiva, as "Lord of the Hoysalas," is honored in the Hoysaleshvar Temple.

Hoysala temples are made of a specific kind of stone known as chlorite schist, steatite, or soapstone, which is soft when first mined but hardens with time when exposed to air.

The stone's early malleability makes it easier to cut and allows for the rich detail seen in Hoysala temples.

The Hoysaleshvar Temple is notable for its lavish detail, which much outnumbers that of other Hoysala temples.

Hoysala dynasty is another name for the Hoysala dynasty.

 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Gobind Deo Mandir?

 

Gobind Deo Mandir is a Hindu temple in Gobind Deo, India.

A temple erected in 1590 in Brindavan, the location where the deity Krishna is said to have spent his boyhood.

The temple honors Krishna in his incarnation as the "Divine Cowherd." The temple is notable from an architectural standpoint for its vaulted roof, which is uncommon in Hindu temples.

The interior and exterior of the temple are particularly noted for their virtually total absence of figural ornamentation, which is unique.

The shrine is located on a major highway that connects Agra and Delhi.

These are the two primary political hubs of the Muslim-ruled Moghul empire (1525–1707).

The temple's austere architecture may have been an effort to avoid arousing Muslim iconoclasm, since many Orthodox Muslims think figural representations, especially in places of worship, are idolatry.

The few figures within the temple, carved into the lintels of door and windows, have had their heads cut off, indicating a fight between Hindus and Muslims.



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