stone-temple

This is the classical type of the northern Indian plains.

Stone Temples

Stone Temples

Probably introduced into the hills somewhere around the seventh to eight century A.D. and consisting of curvilinear stone tower (shikhara), richly carved and crowned with the characteristic amalaka (imitating a segmented gourd). There is no pillared hall (mandapa) attached, as there usually is in the plains. In the seventeenth century, Raja Jagat Singh reintroduced this style into Kullu, but his temples are not decorated with excellent carving found on the early shrines. The little temple of Gaurishankar at Jagat Sukh, in the classical style of the late Gupta period is an example.