A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sun Temple in the form of a grand celestial chariot is an architectural and sculptural marvel. Did you know that the spokes of the famous wheels on which the chariot is mounted are believed to have served as sundials? (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)
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Diwakar, R.R., Andanappa Doddameti, P.B. Desai, S.…
The early western Calukyas emerged on the historical canvas of the Deccan region of peninsular India in the second half of the 6th century. The heartland of the Calukyas lay close to the Malprabhā river valley in the modern-day Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The twin cities of Bādāmi and Aihoḷe…
The Hindu temple is a culmination of various architectural and design elements that come together to form a composite whole and as the temples evolved from a single-celled, flat-roofed structure to a more elaborate building, many new elements were added. The module investigates the decorative…
The Hindu temple, since its earliest inception, has not only been the abode of the gods and goddesses but also an expression of the brilliance of Indian vernacular architecture and sculptural tradition. The temple as a devalaya, or the ‘house of god’, served as a primary site for devotion or…
Dr Savita Kumari, Assistant Professor, History of Art, National Museum Institute, Delhi, speaks about the ideas and myths behind the form, architecture and various architectural elements of a temple with special focus to door frames.
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