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The Temples of India

First Online: May 07, 2000
Last Updated: January 11, 2018

Here is a detailed discussion on the history, and stylistics of some of the great temples of India. Although battered by the destructive forces of time, weather, and invading forces, the temples of India remain as the greatest legacy of the glory of the ancient Indians. Focusing on the ancient and medieval temples of  India, this section is designed as a tutorial on the tradition of Indian temple construction. Readers are encouraged to begin with a overview of technical terms and make use of the numerous cross references -- Ed.

The Somnath Temple
"The great Somnath temple signifies that the power of reconstruction is always greater than the power of destruction"
Marikamba Goddess
The temple of goddess Marikamba in the town of Sirsi is a splendid example of syncretic evolution of tribal and so called brahminical customs and rituals, befitting Hindu ethos.
Temples of Kashmir
A survey of important Buddhist, Shaivaite, and Vaishnava temples of Kashmir region.
Beauties of Khajuraho
The temples of Khajuraho built in the tenth century contain stunningly explicit sexual sculptures.
Temples of Gujarat
Analysis of Jain and Hindu temple architecture of Gujarat; covers all important temples.
Temples of Orissa
Article covering the great temples of Orissa such as Jagannath temple, Lingaraja temple, and Konark family of temples.
Temples of Karnataka
A long list of important temples of Karnataka and the periods of their construction. A very handy reference to different schools of architecture and paintings.

List of Articles

Pictures of Temples

Banavasi Temple
Ancient Temples of India
Temples of Himachal
Bhimkali Temple

Cow, Temple, Cow.
West Bengal Pictures
Components of a Hindu Temple
Diagram Showing Various Components of a typical Hindu Temple

Galaganatha Temple, Pattadakal
Temple of Galaganath
Temples of India
Goden Temple, Amritsar

Group of Temples, Pattadakal
Temples of Pattadakal
Hanuman as Diplomat
Hanuman Meets Rawana, Bhatkal Temple Sculpture

Idol of Lord Krishna Dressed in Silk
Cheluvanarayana Swamy of Melkote
Terra-cotta Temple
Kumbhapada Terracota Temple

Manjuguni Venkataramana Temple
Temples of India
Temple Towers
Sculpted Magnificence

The Sringeri Vidyaranya Temple
Vidyaranya Temple Building at Shringeri
Temples of India
Temple Architecture, Karnataka

Temple on Sand
Temples of India
Temples of Gokarn
Tower of Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarn

Tower of Nanjanagudu Temple
South Indian Temple Tower
Temple Towers
Towers of Khajuraho Temples

View of the Melkote Temple
Temple Tower of Melkote

More Pictures of Temples and Temple Art


See Also:

Internet Links:

  • Abodes of God - Kanniks Kannikeswaran's Templenet is an excellent source of information on temples, temple architecture, legends, and locations
  • Anatomy of an Indian Temple - Patrick George dissects an Indian temple for architectural study
  • Medieval Indian Temples - Commentory on architectural style from Encyclopedia Britannica


Table of Contents
Temples of India

Bhimkali TempleGoden Temple, AmritsarGalaganatha Temple, PattadakalGroup of Temples, PattadakalCow, Temple, Cow.
Idol of Lord Krishna Dressed in SilkThe Sringeri Vidyaranya TempleHanuman  Meets Rawana, Bhatkal Temple SculptureView of the Melkote TempleTemple Architecture, Karnataka
Towers of Khajuraho TemplesSculpted MagnificenceTower of Nanjanagudu TempleKumbhapada Terracota TempleBanavasi Temple
Tower of Mahabaleshwar Temple, GokarnManjuguni Venkataramana TempleDiagram Showing Various Components of a typical Hindu TempleTemple on Sand


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