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Sikhara

The spire or tower over the shrine of an Indian temple.

sikhara, sikra

Pyramidal or curvilinear towerlike upper structure of a Hindu temple.
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The clean-cut void and rising lingam above it signify the images in the sanctum sanctorum and, as the eye moves further away, the shikhara rises, dwarfed due to its distance but nonetheless dignified in its demeanour.
The shrine belongs to 600-700 CE and consists of the vedibandha, jangha and shikhara surmounted by a pinnacle.
On the outside, the shikhara of the Mahadeva Temple at Tambdi Surla is decorated with just a few small but well carved images in three tiers on each of the three bhadras (the main offsets on the outer walls in each cardinal direction).
The first is in situ on the temple shikhara at Tambdi Surla, Sanguem, Goa.
This not only reduced the scale of the build, but architecturally rendered the stone tower or shikhara even more special, allowing it to sit, uncluttered, with a sense of sacred isolation and solitary elegance within a neatly clipped plateau.
They then pause between two basalt stone walls before turning onto the east/west axis of the shikhara, from where they can finally proceed towards Padora's distinctive porch.
Though it's a purely private visit, she is expected to check on efforts being made by the state government to clean up the Dal Lake on seeing which she is reported to have been " shocked" when she took a shikhara ride last October while on an official visit.
English: Aditi (90pc); Mathematics: Aditi and Shikara (98pc); Hindi: Aditi (86pc); Science: Aditi (98pc); Social Science: Aditi, Shikhara, Sozy Rosh and Siddharth Goud (97pc); French: Shikara (96pc).
Here, steps leading to the kund form an inverted triangle (representing water, the female principle) which reflects the upward-pointing triangle (representing fire, the male principle) of the temple and shikhara (spire).