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|Location||Khajuraho, India map|
|Construction System||masonry, cut stone|
|Notes||Profiled as Mt. Meru, of the gods. Carved with lush erotic relief. "Kandariya Mahadeva Temple".|
|Discussion||Kandariya Temple Commentary
"The Kandariya Temple epitomizes India's glorious period of religious building, an era which in north central India spanned the eleventh and twelfth centuries...The Kandariya's scale buildup, superb profile, and ferment of sculpted surfaces establish it in a very special niche."
"Resting on an elevated podium, the temple proceeds to establish a crisscross of interwoven horizontals and verticals. The lower part consists of lateral bands, few of them the same height, stepping back as they rise and with proper profile, to provide a base for the temple itself. Vertical clusters of figures stand at angles to this base to probe upward, eventually melding with the stepped 'pyramids' at the top. The temple culminates in the well-scaled shikara (tower), its profile recalling Mount Meru, the home of the gods. It is building become sculpture."
"The famous erotic panels of the Khajuraho templesthere are over a dozen major onesattain an ultimate at the Kandariya."
G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p42.
Sources on Kandariya Temple
Mario Bussagli. Oriental Architecture/1. translated by John Shepley. New York: Electra/Rizzoli, 1989. exterior color photo, plateIX. exterior photo, f129, p97.
G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. discussion p42. overview photo, p42. close-up of relief carving, p43. Available at Amazon.com
Henri Stierlin. Comprendre L'Architecture Universelle. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (suisse), 1977. side elevation drawing, p279. front elevation drawing, p278. plan drawing, p278.
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