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Hinduism - What Is A Mandapa In Hindu Temple Architecture?


 (“pavilion”) The mandapa is a structural component of the Nagara architectural style seen in the Khajuraho variant.

The Nagara style, which is mostly seen in northern India, stresses verticality, with the whole temple construction culminating at a single highest point.

The whole building, like slopes leading up to the mountains, gradually climbs up to the center tower in the Khajuraho style, with the apex of this central tower immediately above the temple's principal image.

The mandapa is the term for a temple hall that is normally between the entry hall (ardhaman dapa) and the main hall in this architecture (mahamandapa).


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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 Khajuraho In India?


A small town in the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh's northern state, known for a spectacular collection of temples erected by the Chandella dynasty over a thousand years ago.

Although the temples' distant position is said to have protected them from iconoclasm during Muslim raids, it is unknown why they were erected in such an inaccessible spot.

The Kandariya Mahadev, Lakshmana, and Vishvanath Hindu temples are the most well-known at the site.

There are other smaller temples dedicated to different Hindu deities, as well as some Jain temples.

The temples at Khajuraho were constructed in the Nagara style, which is popular in northern India.

The structure is designed to seem like a holy mountain, with the tallest point just above the main picture.

The exteriors of the temples were adorned with sculptural sculptures, the most renowned of which depicted women engaged in various graphic sexual relations.

The importance of the sexual sculptures is a hot topic of discussion.

Some interpret the sculptures to depict human oneness with the divine, while others argue they condone sexual pleasure as a holy path.

Others believe they teach that the craving for pleasure must be overcome in order to reach the divine.

Benjamin Rowland's The Art and Architecture of India, published in 1971, is a good source of knowledge. 


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