• The Bhumija Type Temples in Karnataka

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    Karnatakadalli Bhumija Shailiya Devalayagalu – The Bhumija Type Temples in Karnataka

    Author:  M. N. Prabhakar

    Place: Kubatur, Soraba, Turuvekere, Nuggehalli

    In this essay, the author explains different types of temples architecture as found in Karnataka, taking references from ancient scriptures like Samarangana Suthradhara and Aparajitha Prucchha and books of recents times written by well known scholars like Prof M. A Dhake, Dr. P. K . Acharya, Henry Cousins, P. A. Mankhand.  The author mainly discusses the Bhumija style of temple architecture as can be seen in the temples of Turuvekere and Nuggehalli.

    The Bhumija type in temples is mentioned in the Kubatar inscription of  Sorab taluk has made many scholars to
    attempt identification of such temples. The record speaks of three styles in northern (Auttareya) school namely Nagara, Dravida and Bhumija. The Nagara style, like the Kalinga one, has a curved shikhara and amalasaara, and it has eka (one) shringa and bahu (multi) shringa sub- styles, called as latina and vimana nagara styles respectively. Bhumija style shikharas are seen as decorative motifs in the janga part of many temples of Karnataka. But the Turuvekere Muleshankara and the Nuggehalli Sadashiva temples built in 12-13 century AD are of the Bhumija style with their shikharas resembling a pyramid, and shrinking in size as the shikhara surmounts, the base being broader. Atop the shikhara will be a vedi (flat platform) and pinnacle resembles a flat bell. These two are the unique temples in Karnataka which showcase the finest Bhumija style architecture and is influcened by Dakshinathya style and Auttareya Dravida styles of temple architecture.


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  • y p saraswati says:Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

    greetings-is there any comparison or connection between building a temple an a church.is there any comparison or contrast in building a Indian temple and European Church.European churches are saidto be built to a mathematical geometrical design via Stonemasons or masons using calculations from Egypt etc.Is there any connection between an Indian temple and a European Church.Or are the two cultures distinctly seperate ?

  • Shivappa Rajendrappa says:Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm


    • y p saraswati says:Reply
      September 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      greetings-just re read an article on Hindu Focus website which refers people came out of India then to Africa then to rest of World.And Jews may be from India too.This means that European architecture of Churches and Cathederals may originate from India via Egypt Freemasons and masons etc who are said to build in geometric form or shape.Would ancient indians be involved in building the Pyramids of Egypt /Mexico etc ?

      • itihasaacademy says:Reply
        September 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

        Hi, your queries have been forwarded to a member of our Academy. Please await his response.

        • fraxinus10a says:Reply
          September 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

          greetings i have read online that Hindu Focus website is a fraud and has no posts since 2014 so its info can be unreliable y p saraswati Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:22:52 +0000 To: fraxinus10a@outlook.com

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