Sunday, April 12, 2009

Temples with gabled or multiple roofs

Mahadeva Kovil
Nepal & Kashmir: some development in Kathiawar( at Gop, Kadvar, and Bilesvara, Visavada and in the temple of Surya at Sutrapada, of the Kashmir type, and the Malabar( Siva temple, the Mahadeva Kovil, more to the double roofed Nepal temple style of the late mediaeval period.
One theory is presumed anthropological connection existed between the Nayars of Malabar and the Newars of Nepal, while another accounts for the pagoda-like attribution by a contact with China by sea as proved by the Chinese type of fishing nets used on this coast.
Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple : One of the oldest Siva temples in south India where Lord Siva is said to live along with his whole family. The temple lies at Methala village, south of Kodungalloor, 30 kms from Thrissur town. There is a namaskara mandapam in front of the sri kovil with 16 pillars where it is depicted that the temple was renovated in 1801. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Uma Maheswara, in contrast to other temples where the Lord's consort has a separate sanctum. This temple has another rare event called "Anayottam" (Elephant race) which is part of the annual festival. Shivaratri is also celebrated in a grand way. The western entrance of the temple is on the Kodungalloor - Ernakulam highway.(NH 17)

Jain temples at Mudabidri near Mangalore. Chandranatha built in early in the 15th centuray.
Some examples are also found in Bhatkal (Kanara)

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