The actual soil of India is thought by many to be the body, or residence of the divinity, especially in its feminine manifestation. However, this identification of the land of India with the sacred makes it unsurprising that the whole terrain of the subcontinent is covered with the habitations of the God-their temples. Despite the incursions of other religions, India is still a country of temples & shrines, and wherever you travel, the Gods of Hinduism is present. As the temple, in its architecture, decoration & ritual, has been the primary location where Hindu art has flourished, some general information about Hindu temples is necessary.
Generally speaking, temple architects used post & beam architecture without true vaulting; dry-stone construction technique was the norm with mortar rarely used. Corbelled vaulting was much more common than true vaulting, in which technique Indian temple architects excelled. Ceiling are usually constructed of flat slabs of stone laid between pillars.
The Theory of Hindu Temples
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