Modern Architecture

After the British left India in 1947, Indian architecture dropped into an abyss. Indian architects, who were relegated to the role of being assistants to the British architects under the British Raj, took their own time to express their ingenuity. Perhaps, there was...

Nayaka Architecture

Nayaka Architecture (early 16th century to the 1730s): The Dravidian style of architecture assumed its final form under the Nayaka rulers and lasted almost until the modern times. Tirumalai Nayak, who ruled from 1623-1659 A.D., was the greatest of the Nayak rulers,...

Kerala Architecture

  A distinct style of temple architecture developed in Kerala in which the temples were roofed with sloping tiers of metal or terracotta tiles. The ‘Vadakkunatha Temple’ at Trichur (12th century A.D.) and later temples found at Chengannur, Kaviyum and Vaikom are some...

Stepwells

Architectural Importance of Stepwells: Water has played a significant role in the socio-economic life and architectural heritage of western India from the earliest times. The early Harappan towns were marked by the presence of a sophisticated system of drains, wells...

Indus Valley Civilization

The Indus Valley or the Harappan civilization flourished during the Bronze Age i.e. 2500-2000 B.C. and is ranked among the four widely known civilizations of the Old World. Extensive excavation work undertaken during the post-Independence period identified hundreds of...

Chalukyan Architecture

The Chalukyan rulers (c.450 A.D. to c.650 A.D.) constructed several stone temples at Aihole, which are mostly Hindu but a few are Jain. The Aihole temples had flat or slightly sloping roofs and were surmounted by a small ‘shikhara’. A pillared assembly hall or...
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