Indian Temple shikhar

The word shikhara is used to denote the whole superstructure including the crown (amalaka) and the finial (kalasha). In respect to the structural development of the shikhara style in India the two principal varieties (i) the pyramidal shape and (ii) the curvilinear shape are prominent. Both the superstructures have truncated bodies, which are either straight or curved, and are terminated by a platform (the neck, skandha) and above it rests the crowning portion whence rises the finial.

The shikhara is composed of an orderly grouping of miniature multiples of itself. In its simpliest form a miniature spire, the oorushringa, is built over each bhadra, the whole being crowned and held together by the amalaka

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