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Hinduism - What Is The Veshara Style Of Hindu Temple Architecture?


The Veshara, is a Hindu Temple Architecture style which is largely found in western India and the Deccan, is the smallest and most widely distributed among the three historic styles.

The Nagara and the Dravida are the other two established styles in medieval Hindu temple construction.


Whereas the Nagara style was defined by vertical uplift achieved by temple towers (shikharas), and the Dravida style by lower temples covering vast swaths of land, the Veshara style's most distinguishing feature is a barrel roof above the sanctuary, which has its origins in the Buddhists' rock-cut caves (chaityas).

This roof lies in the middle of the Nagara towers and the Dravida horizontal tiers, much as the Deccan was in the middle of the two.


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Hinduism - What Is A Kalasha?

 

"Kalasha" means "pitcher" in Hindi.

The kalasha is an inverted vase-shaped element that caps the temple towers in the Nagara style of temple construction, which is mostly seen in northern India (shikharas).

Gold kalashas were used to give a beautiful contrast above the stone in several circumstances.

A flag is usually flying from the kalasha atop the topmost tower.

The kalashas represent the crown of the head, the highest and purest portion of the body, as the architectural symbolism in Hindu temples conforms to the structure of the human body.

They're also a representation of humanity's greatest religious potential.


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