Indian Temple Sculptures - Informative & researched article on Indian Temple Sculptures
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Sculpture


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Crafts|Indian Monuments|Indian Dances|Indian Festivals|Indian Paintings|Indian Photography|Indian Sculpture
Home > Art & Culture > Indian Sculpture > Indian Temple Sculptures
Indian Temple Sculptures
Indian Temple sculptures exhibits to the world the astonishing pieces of art. The religious places were the seats of learning and developing art in the ancient days.
 
 Indian Temple SculpturesIndian temple sculpture can be divided into two types: the Nagara (North India) and the Dravidian (South India). The primary difference between the two is the way in which the shikharas of the temples are carved out. As far as the architectural elements are concerned these include the garbhagrihas, vimanas, mandapas, miniature towers, lathe turned pillars and others. These are common to almost all the Hindu temple sculpture. Another interesting facet of the Indian temple sculptures is the Indian cave temples.

The sculptures of the 2nd and 3rd century BC depict the episodes from the life of Lord Buddha, in the architectural setting of the Vedic period. The Hindu Temples are unique temples among the India`s prehistoric monuments. The symbolic meaning can be viewed in the architecture of the temple with its three elements, namely, the base, the walls and the spire, which correspond to Earth, Space and Heaven.

The best specimen of the Mauryan stone sculpture had a rare feeling for monumental form and royal power. The sculpture has an exquisite finish and a brilliant polish. The monolithic pillars of Ashoka on which are inscribed his famous edicts are the great monuments of the Mauryan age. The most striking feature of these pillars is the finely carved capital with magnificent animal figures.

In east India in the state of Orissa the finest examples of exquisite sculpture are the Lingaraja temple and the Konarak temple. Each wheel of the chariot in the Konark temple has rich carvings. The human and animal figures are carved out in black stone. The poses of dancing apsaras depicted look lively. The theme of several of these sculptures is passionate. The Chandella rulers of central India built temples of Khajuraho that is adorned with sculptures. The style of the shikhara varies from that of the others. The Jain temples at Mount Abu are the finest monuments of the Solanki kings of Gujarat who were great patrons of art. The Abu temples are very attractive because of the delicate and intricate carvings in white marble.

The south Indian temple sculptures can bestow a completely separate identity to the temple building idiom in India. The south Indian temple sculpture received an added boost under the reign of the Cholas and Chalukyas. While the Vijayanagara Empire immortalised their art and sculpture on stone in Hampi, the former two kingdoms are also renowned for their massive temples. Another special feature of the south Indian temple sculpture is the miniature towers.

(Last Updated on : 04/02/2013)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Sculpture
Indian Wooden Sculpture
Indian wooden sculptures have made their presence felt in the temple architecture since ages and have been appreciated by the art lovers.
Saptamatrika Sculptures of South India
Saptamatrika Sculptures of South India dates back to third century B.C. In most of the ancient temples of South India, the sculptures of the Saptamatrikas are found.
Somnath Hore
Somnath Hore was an Indian sculptor and printmaker. His sculptures, prints and sketches were a reaction to major historical crisis and events that occurred in Bengal in the 20th century.
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Mrinalini Mukherjee’s works show the influence of nature, its energies and elements. She works with materials like wax, rope and clay.
Meera Mukherjee
Meera Mukherjee’s works depicts the life of the common people. Playful expressions and whimsies add another dimension to her work.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Indian Sculpture
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Art & Culture
 
 
Indian Temple Sculptures - Informative & researched article on Indian Temple Sculptures
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.