Front view of Bhagavati Temple, Elatur, Calicut taluk, Malabar district
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Bhagavati Temple at Elatur, Calicut taluk, Malabar district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01.
Temple architecture in Kerala is very distinctive and it is largely influenced by the geographical and climatic conditions of the region which abounds in forests and receives the heavy rainfall of the monsoon. The roofs of the temples are steep and pointed and are covered with copper plates. Their shape depends from the plan of the sanctuary. Circular sanctuary have conical roofs while square ones have pyramidal roofs. The sanctuary, the sree kovil, is surrounded by a cloistered prakara with a gopuradwara (gateway) at the cardinal points. In front of the sanctuary there is a namaskara mandapa and subsidiary shrines. The walls of the temples are of coursed laterite stone masonry plastered in mud and lime.