Difference between Nagara & Dravida Style of Temple Architecture

It developed from the 5th century and is characterized by a beehive-shaped tower called shikhara.From the 7th century, the Dravida or southern style developed. The shape of the main temple tower, known as Vimana, is like a stepped pyramid.
In North India, it is common for an entire temple to be built on a stone platform with steps leading up to it.Generally, it is not built on a stone platform.
Further, unlike in South India, it does not usually have elaborate boundary walls or gateways.Unlike the Nagara temple, the Dravida temple is enclosed within a compound wall. The front wall has an entrance gateway in its centre, which is known as a gopuram.
The garbhagriha is always located directly under the tallest tower.  Unlike Nagara style, at some of the most sacred temples in South India, the main temple in which the garbhagriha is situated has, in fact, one of the smallest towers.
Temple tanks or large water reservoir are generally not enclosed with in the temple complex It is common to find a large water reservoir, or a temple tank, enclosed within the complex.  
Images of Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna are placed outside the Garbhagriha.Sculptures of fierce dvarapalas or guarding the temple is generally a common feature.
Examples- Kandariya Mahadeva (Khajuraho), Jagannath Temple (Puri), Dashavatara temple (Deogarh).Examples – Shore temple (Mahabalipuram), Brihadesvara temple (Thanjavur), Meenakshi Temple (Madurai)
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