Ancient Architecture: Dravidian Style Architecture

in blog •  2 years ago  (edited)

Today I am going to write about one of my favorite topics, which is an architectural style in Southeast Asia that stressing more about “Dravidian Style Architecture”.


Dravidian architecture is one of the oldest architectures in the world. The first to start this architecture was Pallava Dynasty, which ruled the area around 275 BCE, is from southern part of India. When I mean Dravidian architecture I am including all Pallavas, Cholas, Pandya and Vijayanagara empire’s monuments. Dravidian architecture can further classified into two sub-styles 1. The Structural Architecture and 2. The Rock Cut Architecture

The Structural Architecture

The best example of Structural Architecture of Dravidian's can be seen at Shore Temple which is located in Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District. Shore Temple was built with granite stones and it is considered as one of the oldest stone structured temples in Southern India.The basic principle of the temple’s architecture is the first ray of the sunlight falls on the lord Shiva’s idol, which is faced on the east.

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Rock Cut Style Architecture

The Rock cut architecture was started by Mahendra group and further developed by Narasimha group of Pallavas. The best example of this architecture can be seen in the Pandava Rathas (Chariots), built in Mahabalipuram. There are totally five Rathas, dedicated to all five Pandavas. The best among five are Arjuna and Dharmaraja’s rathas. All chariots were carved from a single stone.

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The Mandagapattu rock cut temple is also an example of rut cut style, which is located in Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Trinity gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara.

I would like to mention the other monuments built in Dravidian style of architecture:

Hampi: Vittala Temple

This amazing temple has stone structures such as the stone chariot and the pillars designed as musical instruments. The temple is one of the greatest example of architectural excellence of Vijayanagara Empire in west.

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Angor Wat

Angor Wat is a Hindu temple build by Suryavarman in dedication of Lord Vishnu. Angkor Wat is a master piece in Hindu architecture (Khmer architecture was melded with the Dravidian architecture) of southern India.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple

It is also known as Big Temple/ Thanjavur Temple, which was constructed by Rajaraja Chola I in 1010 CE. The temple is around 1000 years old. Today the Brihadeeswarar temple is a part of India's UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Prambanan Temple

Prambanan temple architecture has mix of both Buddhism and Dravidian architecture. We can see in the temple lord Shiva’s idol was sculptured in a large lotus flower. Rakai Pikatan from Sanjaya Dynasty built the Temple to worship lord Shiva.

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This is my analysis about Dravidian Architecture in southeast Asia. I am not supporting any specific religion, so no hard feelings about it. #africa

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very interesting indeed - thanks so much

It's my pleasure:)

Its amazing, and its nice to know the history.
good pick :)

Yes, it is. learning histroy is always great.

Very interesting post. To be honest I've never read anything about this style before wich is weird because both of my parents are architects and they teach me a lot.
Mind it they did study during the communistic regime. :D

Thanks. Architecture is a great subject. I'd love to study more even I am a civil enginner.

So beautiful place.

Yes! it is :)

That stone chariot is amazing!

Yes, it is fascinating.

nice place

Yes :)

My friend @goshawalker was There

Thats great

Very interesting post to be honest I do not read anything about this style before wich is strange because my parents and mother are both architects and they teach me a lot. Thanks a lot to them.👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

It's my pleasure :) You would find interesting while knowing more about architecture.

Uau! Loved ur post! I didn t know about the dravidian style. A very nice post

great post mind blowing post

Thanks :)

My beautiful country Angkor Wat <3

Oh! that's really great :)

Amazing @jlife thanks you very much for sharing.. Good jobs so keep spirit.

Its my pleasure.

amazing post upvoted

Thanks for that.

wow great I love this architecture thank's for this post , I ve upvoted and followed you ..

Thanks a lot :)

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Very interesting info


Very old and still going strong, they really knew how to build them long ago. Would be very enjoyable to look around at.

Yes, they are a great site seeing areas.

Very good post @jlife

Thanks :)

Que gran arquitectura la que se puede encontrar en Asia y pensar que están vieja y aún sigue en pie. Saludos

Q intrtesant.. imagenes llenss de dedicacion sabiduria.... q buena arquitectura

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yes. they are fascinating architecture.

Nice...Brihadeeswarar Temple is the tallest one i guess ?

It is one of the tallest temples if I am not wrong.

Suppose there is such architecture of the era now is definitely the rich people rich will make a house a home like that

Yes.. thats correct perhaps.

Very beautiful archetecture .. Beautiful pictures and post!!!

The credits goes to the ancient architects :)

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