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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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Temples & Legends Of India
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Himachal Pradesh
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INTRODUCTION

The structure from adhisthana (basement) to stupi (finial, the uppermost member of the temple) is termed the vimana. Some structures are small and single - storyed called alpa-vimana or ekatala - vimana, while others are two-storyed or dvitala. Some even reach heights of many roofs. However, the upper levels of the srikoil are not functional; their role is to give the building an imposing appearance.

 With the srikoil forming the nucleus, the other com ponents like the open Pradakshina patha, the cloistered nalambalam, the vilakku- matam affixed with a galaxy  lamps, paved outer Pradakshina vari and prakara or Prakaras are aligned in orderly succession centering the main shrine or shrines.  Further whatever the plan of the srikol, i.e. square or circular, etc., the arrangements of other components follow invariably a concentric rectangular alignment. 

The, temple-well which supplies water for bathing the deity and for preparing food is situated generally in the north-east corner. The kitchen or madapalli is also provided in one portion of the nalambalam. As a general rule, the srikoil is fronted by a square namaskara mandapa with a pyramidal roof. Income, temples there is another pillared structure, the mandapa, in front of the valiambalam, a wing of the nalambalam, providing the main entrance to the temple proper. 
 

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