Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, Gadag District, Karnataka

Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE, Gadag District, Karnataka

The sanctum contains a Shiva linga, the symbol of the presiding deity, God Shiva. The temple interior is a standard construction and consists of a sanctum (cella), a vestibule (antarala) and a main mantapa (also called navaranga or hall). The vestibule connects the sanctum to the mantapa. The Western Chalukya monuments, regional variants of existing dravida (South Indian) temples, defined the Karnata dravida architectural tradition.

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