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Dravidian Architecture

Dravidian architecture was a style of architecture that emerged thousands of years ago in the Southern part of the Indian subcontinent or South India, built by the Dravidian peoples. It consists primarily of pyramid shaped temples called Kovils in Tamil which are dependent on intricate carved stone in order to create a step design consisting of many statues of deities, warriors, kings, and dancers. (wiki)

World Heritage Sites connected to Dravidian Architecture

  • Angkor Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Prambanan in Indonesia were built based on early Dravidian Architecture (wiki)
  • Chola Temples the architectural conception of the pure form of the dravida type of temple (crit i)
  • Ellora Caves Kailasa: the whole temple consists of a shrine with lingam at the rear of the hall with Dravidian sikhara (AB ev)
  • Hampi At Hampi, though the Vitthala temple is the best example of their pillared Kalyanamantapa style, the Hazara Ramaswamy temple is a modest but perfectly finished example (wiki)
  • Mahabalipuram Shore Temple (wiki)
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex The tallest tower is 55 metres (180 ft) tall. The construction uses the styles of Dravidian Architecture, as opposed to Nagara Temple styles. (wiki)
  • Melaka and George Town George Town - Sri Mariamman Temple
  • Pattadakal temples of a pure Dravidian style - Sangameshvara, built between 696 and 733, and Mallikarjuna, built consecutively from 733-44 (AB ev)
  • Prambanan Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Prambanan in Indonesia were built based on early Dravidian Architecture (wiki)
  • Sun Temple, Konarak Pyramid inspired by Dravidan Architecture

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