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Hindu temple architecture
Nagara (North
Indian) Styles
Dravidian (south
Indian) Style
Nagara style of Architecture
 The Nagara style has its origin in the structural
temples of the Gupta period.
 In Nagara style temples, the structure consists of
two buildings the main shrine taller and an
adjoining shorter mandapa.
 The temples mainly are formed of four chambers the
Garbhagriha (shrine), the Jagmohan
(mandapa) ,the Natyamandir (dance pavilion) and
the Bhogamandir (offerings hall).
Dravidian style of Architecture
 It consists primarily of temples with
pyramid shaped towers and are
constructed of sandstone, soapstone or
granite.
 The majority of the existing structures are
located in the Southern Indian states
 Dravidian style temples consist of the
three following parts, the Gopuram, the
Mandapa and the Vimana .
Comparison between Nagara style and Dravidian style
DIVISIONS IN THE NORTH INDIAN TEMPLE
DIVISIONS IN THE SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE
GOPURAM(SOUTH)
MANDAPA(NORTH
)
ANTARALA(SOUTH)
GARBHA
SHIKAR
A(NORT
H)
AMALAKA
KALASHA (NORTH)
KALASHA(SOUTH)
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLES
NORTH INDIAN TEMPLENORTH INDIAN TEMPLE
SOMNATH TEMPLE
The Somnath Temple is located on the west coast of Gujarat,
India.
Somnath Temple is known as "the Shrine Eternal". This
legendary temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by
Islamic kings and Hindu kings respectively.
The Somnath temple has been a pilgrimage site from ancient
times on account of being a Triveni sangam the joining of three
rivers.
Soma, the Moon God, is believed to have lost his lustre due to a
curse, and he bathed in the river Saraswati at this site to regain the
lustre.
Somnath
temple
SOMNATH AND THE TRIVENI SANGAM
The three rivers are kapila, Hiran and Saraswathi
Hindu temple architecture
Hindu temple architecture
SOUTH INDIAN
TEMPLE
SOUTH INDIAN
TEMPLE
BRIHADESHWARA TEMPLE
The Brihadeshwara is a Hindu temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva which is located in the city
of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
It is an important example of Tamil architecture
during the Chola dynasty.
 It is one of the largest temples in India and the most
prized architecture built by emperor Raja Raja Chola
I.
Brihadeshwara temple
It is popularly known as the 'Big temple', turned
1000 years old in 2010. The temple is a part of
the UNESCO world heritage site.
Hindu temple architecture
Hindu temple architecture
Hindu temple architecture
Hindu temple architecture
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Hindu temple architecture

  • 3. Nagara style of Architecture  The Nagara style has its origin in the structural temples of the Gupta period.  In Nagara style temples, the structure consists of two buildings the main shrine taller and an adjoining shorter mandapa.  The temples mainly are formed of four chambers the Garbhagriha (shrine), the Jagmohan (mandapa) ,the Natyamandir (dance pavilion) and the Bhogamandir (offerings hall).
  • 4. Dravidian style of Architecture  It consists primarily of temples with pyramid shaped towers and are constructed of sandstone, soapstone or granite.  The majority of the existing structures are located in the Southern Indian states  Dravidian style temples consist of the three following parts, the Gopuram, the Mandapa and the Vimana .
  • 5. Comparison between Nagara style and Dravidian style
  • 6. DIVISIONS IN THE NORTH INDIAN TEMPLE
  • 7. DIVISIONS IN THE SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE
  • 15. LOCATION OF THE TEMPLES
  • 16. NORTH INDIAN TEMPLENORTH INDIAN TEMPLE SOMNATH TEMPLE
  • 17. The Somnath Temple is located on the west coast of Gujarat, India. Somnath Temple is known as "the Shrine Eternal". This legendary temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by Islamic kings and Hindu kings respectively. The Somnath temple has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni sangam the joining of three rivers. Soma, the Moon God, is believed to have lost his lustre due to a curse, and he bathed in the river Saraswati at this site to regain the lustre. Somnath temple
  • 18. SOMNATH AND THE TRIVENI SANGAM The three rivers are kapila, Hiran and Saraswathi
  • 22. The Brihadeshwara is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located in the city of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. It is an important example of Tamil architecture during the Chola dynasty.  It is one of the largest temples in India and the most prized architecture built by emperor Raja Raja Chola I. Brihadeshwara temple It is popularly known as the 'Big temple', turned 1000 years old in 2010. The temple is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site.