World Heritage Week 2018 – Religious Structures

Religion and religious beliefs have contributed to some of the most glorious pieces of Architecture around the world. Temples and tombs have shaped entire cities and civilizations.  Today, some of them stand tall and tested by time while some are in ruins, but they all carry a sense of grace and majesty with them.

Inside the studio Chaukhat Darwaza Jharokha, today we see some selections from our rich religious heritage .

Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Debasis Pradhan

Lingaraja Temple is a Kalinga stylearchitecture temple dedicated to both lord Shiva and Vishnu.
It is also known as Harihara temple. It was built during 11thcentury. 
It is famous for its unique combination of the two deities and for its height.

Parasurameshwar Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Debasis Pradhan

This temple is the earliest temple datedin Odisha.  It was built around 7th century.
It is highly carved and decorated. Andthis temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Oriya BAPTIST Church, Cuttack, Odisha

Studied by Dibyasingh Jena

Colonial Style of Architecture. Built in 1826 AD
Dr Amos Sutton stood upon the stone. Telugu, Oriya and English Baptist Church services are
done here. Oriya Baptist Church is the largest church in Orissa.

Tulshi Baug Ram Mandir, Pune

Studied by Gayatri Deshmukh

300 years old approx. Peshwa style temple Architecure built in stone, brick and woodenmembers.  It was during the zenith of Peshwa rule/ Maratha rulethat the Ram temple was built at Tulsibaug. This was an era when some of thebiggest palaces were also built in the region, like the Shaniwarwada. TulshiBaug which is a commercial hub in the core city of pune gets its name from theTulshibaug wada located in this area, which is a famous templeof Lord RamGanpati and Shankar.

Nakuchi mata Temple, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Studied by Kalpana Pandit

1300 years old. 

Early Nagara style temple , temple is built on a high plinth of about 8 feet. A small but well proportioned shrine. Skin of the shrine is adorned with animate figures of Gods and mystic symbols. Columns are adorned with kirtimukha and kalasha motif. Chaukhat and Threshold stone is carved heavily with animal figures.

Temple shri Thakur Krishnachandra ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Studied by Kalpana Pandit

180 years old, Haveli temple, Rajput style.
Temple is located in Tripoliya bazaar, Facing North, an unconventional orientation for temple, shops on ground floor. Steps lead to a plinth about 11” high. A Chhatari style Shikhara of temple is notable. A central court comes as a pleasant surprise completely cut off from otherwise noisy location. Walls are painted with traditional patterns, motifs and techniques .

Notre Dam Des Angels: The Church Of Little Angels, Pondicherry

Studied by Meenakshi Prasath

140 years old, a twin tower catholic church, in French style resembling the Notre Dam church in Paris. Situated in a peaceful lane parallel to the promenade stands in the former Capuchins square, surrounded by the streets Dumas, Surcouf and Romain Rolland. A beautiful relic of the French era, this is the 4th oldest church in Pondicherry and was built on the orders of Napoleon iii in the mid 19th century. The structure is designed in Greco- Roman style,built by the engineer Louis Guerre.

Shinde Chhatri, Pune, Maharashtra

Studied by Shweta Bhandari

Anglo- Rajashthani Style in yellow stone. 
224 years old Lord Shiva’s Temple built by Mahadji Shinde in 1794 is a reflection of Rajasthani style architecture. It is one of the landmarks of the city showing Maratha rule. It is a mix of two cultures blend Rajput and European style in together with beautiful carvings and architectural grandeur.

Trishund Ganpati Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

Studied by Shweta Bhandari

Mix of Rajasthani and South Indian style in black stone.
248 years old. A small Lord Ganesha temple completed in 1770 by Bhimjigiri Gosavi constructed near the preceints of a stream called Nagazari. It is mix of Rajasthani, Malwa and south Indian style and the shikhara of the temple is missing with an basement below.

Ananta Basudeva Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Suvaj Mohanty

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna located in the heart of the old town in the temple city of Bhubaneswar. This temple was constructed in the 13th century AD. The temple is placed in a strategic location facing the famous Bindu Sagar lake and having a busyroad dotted with numerous temples dating back from 12th to 14th century AD.

Rai Hazari Mull Doodwawala Bahadur Dharamashala, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Suvaj Mohanty

Located close to the Lingaraj temple in the old town of Bhubaneswar, the Dharmshala shows colonial style of architecture and stands on the busy road dotted with temples of the 12th -14th centuries. This building was built around 1930s.


Mukteswar Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Studied by Tapaswini Mohanty

The Mukteswar Temple is a typical kalinga style architecture dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built during 10th century, It is situated in the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. It is famous for its entrance archway.

Sidheshwar Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Tapaswini Mohanty

Siddheswar Temple is the adjoining temple of mukteswar. Built during 10th century. It is a combination of both rekha and pidha deul.

Vaitala Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Studied by Tapaswini Mohanty

Vaitala Temple is an 8th-century Khakarastyle temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda. It is the only khakhara style temple in the world.

Shiv Mandir, Apte, Maharashtra

Studied by Sonam Ambe

280 years old, Maratha Deccan Architecture in Basalt stone Masonry. 

Shiv Mandir is an example of traditional architectural style for temple constructionin Raigad district influenced by Deccan style of temple architecture. It is apart of the Apte pond precinct, located on the eastern bank of the lake opposite Joshi Aali and next to Apte pond and Ganesh Mandir. The Mandir, Nandi mandap and deepmal islocated in a rectangular plot. The plot boundary is enclosed by a compound wall. It comprises of a brick canopy structure capped with a decorative lime plastered dome shikhar with arch openings on all its four sides.


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