hindu-architecture

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Rājā-rānī Temple

In Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha, stands the lovely Rājārānī temple, so named after the red and yellow sandstone which is locally called Rajarani.

Surprisingly, the temple has no images inside the sanctum and hence is believed by some to be incomplete or never consecrated. Dated around the 11th century CE, the Rajarani Temple is a textbook example of Orissan temple architecture complete with a towering vimāna or deūl housing the sanctum, and preceded by a porch the jagamohan often used as an audience hall in some of the larger temples for performances of the Odissi dance.

Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture (common in Rajasthan) […] The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed. [x]

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Hawa Mahal (Hindi: English translation: “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. […] The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. […] Lal Chand Ustad was the architect of this unique structure. Built in red and pink coloured sand stone, in keeping with the décor of the other monuments in the city, its colour is a full testimony to the epithet of “Pink City” given to Jaipur. 

Its cultural and architectural heritage is a true reflection of a fusion of Hindu Rajput architecture and the Islamic Mughal architecture; the Rajput style is seen in the form of domed canopies, fluted pillars, lotus and floral patterns, and the Islamic style as evident in its stone inlay filigree work and arches [x]