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Śikhara literally means ‘that which has a top’.
 
Śikhara literally means ‘that which has a top’.
  
The words gopura, śikhara and vimāna are generally assumed to be synonymous but factually they are not. They can be explained as belows:
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The words [[gopura]], śikhara and vimāna are generally assumed to be synonymous but factually they are not. They can be explained as belows:
* Gopura is the huge tower built over the entrance of big temples.
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* [[Gopura]] is the huge tower built over the entrance of big [[temples]].
* Vimāna is a small tower built over the garbhagṛha<ref>Garbhagṛha means sanctum sanctorum.</ref> to indicate the place where the chief deity is installed.  
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* Vimāna is a small tower built over the [[garbhagṛha]]<ref>[[Garbhagṛha]] means sanctum sanctorum.</ref> to indicate the place where the chief deity is installed.  
 
* Śikhara is the uppermost tapering part of the Vimāna.  
 
* Śikhara is the uppermost tapering part of the Vimāna.  
  
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 14:52, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sikhara, Zikhara, shikhara


Śikhara literally means ‘that which has a top’.

The words gopura, śikhara and vimāna are generally assumed to be synonymous but factually they are not. They can be explained as belows:

  • Gopura is the huge tower built over the entrance of big temples.
  • Vimāna is a small tower built over the garbhagṛha[1] to indicate the place where the chief deity is installed.
  • Śikhara is the uppermost tapering part of the Vimāna.

Over the śikhara, āmalaka[2] is built capped by a kalaśa.[3]


References

  1. Garbhagṛha means sanctum sanctorum.
  2. Āmalaka means myroballan-shaped structure.
  3. Kalaśa means finial.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore