Shikhara

Published: 10.11.2011
Updated: 08.01.2013
Alias(es)
Shikharas, Sikhara, Śikhara, शिखर

Sanskrit: शिखर śikhara "mountain peak"

Spire

The rising tower(s) in Indian temple architecture.

The pyramidal roof surmounting the temple.

This superstructureal element is erected above the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of a Jain or Hindu temple.

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