South Indian Architecture

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The South Indian style of temple architecture is distinct from the other architectural styles in the rest of India. This style of architecture can be divided into four periods, corresponding to the principal kingdoms that ruled southern India i.e. the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and the Vijayanagara rulers. A typical plan of a South Indian temple is four-sided, polygonal or curvilinear. The southern ‘Vimanas’ are classified in the southern ‘Silpa’ and ‘Agama’ texts as ‘Nagara’, ‘Dravida’ and ‘Vesara’.

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