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Original Variations In Tenth-Century Architecture

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In the nineteenth century, Pattan Munara continued to be the focus of an important annual fair. It is today possible to place the monument of Pattan Munara more precisely into the evolution of temple architecture in Western India and to distinguish its uniqueness. Vats, in proposing that the tower of this temple with an enclosed ambulatory had been 'pañcaratna', borrowed his terminology from late Bengali temples with five towers. Despite Pattan Munara's tower-like appearance today, this temple would have had ambulatory balconies and some form of a front hall. The Malot temple consisted of a central shrine and a gateway to the east, but lacks the enclosing compound of cells common to many temples in Kashmir. Temple C at Mari-Indus had central niches marked by split hip-roof pediments framing trefoil arches that suggest the gabled pyramidal form of roof that once crowned Malot.

Keywords: Kashmir; Malot temple; Pattan Munara; Temple C; tenth-century architecture



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