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What is the difference between Hindu And Islamic Architecture?

Asked by Lysa , Last updated: May 29, 2020

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G. Horace

G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered May 29, 2020

When we are talking about Hindu architecture, we are basically talking about temple architecture. This refers to a place where a particular god dwells, and its worshippers would go seek the sight of the god or goddess. It represents a place of meeting between heaven and earth, and thus considered a sacred place of pilgrimage.

Some special features of these temples include grid ground plans, soaring towers, and square forms. The walls and pillars of the temple are well decorated with the sculptures of their gods, animals, and worshippers. On the other hand, Islamic architecture includes just tombs and mosques.

The features of the mosques include arches, pillars, cuts, beams, lintels, polished stones, together with the use of lime on a long-term, extensive use as mortar, and clean white marble. The structure takes a basic outline of either square, cubic, or octagonal, which encloses an oblong hall for worship surrounded by a colonnade.

 

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