Five-shrine complexes are not uncommon in the Post Gupta era. By the end of the period there is often an ambulatory, usually a vestibule and an open or closed hall, nine-square or oblong-aisled, large enough for ritual dancing. Mulaprasada and matching hall walls are treated to a wide range of variations in plane needed to accommodate the pantheon, but five or seven bays are most common. Numerous horizontal divisions aptly relate to the structure and symbolism of the architecture of Post Gupta period. Further, in addition to the increasingly generous portico, subsidiary porches or balconies often project from the other sides. These are all usually bordered by a low parapet (vedika, recalling the fence of the sacrificial enclosure) supporting a seat-like ledge with vertical or sloping back and a truncated order that bears deeply projecting roof space. Early pillars also depict a brief idea of the architecture of Post Gupta era. The pillars are usually square, sometimes with graded projections, but later elaboration superimposed square, octagonal, sixteen-sided and circular zones, often treated to richly varied relief. Corbelled arches, undulating or cusped, are thrown between columns especially at entrances.
Portals, particularly of garbha-grihas, usually have five or more bands, some architectural, some with the repertory of 'water-cosmology' motifs symbolic of lushness and the regeneration of passage through the tirtha. The northern shikhara may be essentially a single entity or it may be a cluster of spire-like forms. The former, called Latina, has miniature blind lunettes in tiers marked by 'amalakas' on the corners and central bands of miniature lunettes in a mesh-like pattern over the projections to the mulaprasada below. Thus, it can be said that majority of the architectural work in the Post Gupta era mainly depicted extensive attention to specific ornamental details.