Lingaraj Temple
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Location Bhubaneswar, India   map
Date 1000   timeline
Building Type temple
 Construction System masonry, cut stone
Climate tropical
Style Hindu
Notes a cosmic diagram. sanctuary rises to 180'


Discussion Lingaraj Temple Commentary

"The temple's limestone vimana, or sanctuary rises to a height of 180 feet and is entered by a pyramidal jogamohan, or anteroom. The vimana is squarish in plan and wrapped in clustered bands that vertically bend inward to make an overall tapered profile. The juncture of vimana with jagamohan is not as adroit as one might wish—they simply abut each other rather impolitely—but the complex is intriguing. Note the prominent undercutting of layers throughout, to create shadow lines and keep monsoon rains off the walls. The strata in the vimana are enriched at every sixth tier, while the pancaked layers of the jagamohan diminish in thickness as they rise, carrying astounding tiny bands of sculpted elephants, soldiers, and such. 'Air sculpture,' boldly outlined against the sky, and heraldic medallions enliven both buildings and punctuate the interactions of horizontal and vertical. The modest shrines in the foreground of the photograph give a leapfrog buildup of scale to the whole..."

— from G.E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p40.

Sources on Lingaraj Temple

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, p40. photo, p41.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Lingaraj Temple


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