Nayaka Temple Architecture

  • Nayakas developed a unique style of temple architecture under the broad Dravidian Temple Architecture and they also renovated temples sacked by Delhi Sultans.
  • Nayaka drew from the temple building tradition of Vijayanagara, Chola and other local traditions. However, they improvised the classical Dravidian style of temple building with unique additions.

Unique Features of Nayaka Temple Architecture

  • Corridors: Temples of Nayaka period had long corridors.
  • Mandapas: They have carved hundred & thousand pillared mandapas on outer  side of sanctum sanctorum.
  • Gopurams: Nayaka temples have many gopurams compared to Brihadesvara temple by Chola which has only one gopuram. These gopurams were high and multi-storied.
  • Sculptures for ornamentation: There is extensive carving on the pillars in the corridors and mandapas in the form of gods and goddesses.
  • Paintings: Gopurams of Nayaka period were brightly painted with stucco statues of gods and goddesses, demons, animals etc.
  • Example:¬†Meenakshi Amman Temple at Madurai built around 1650s is the greatest example of Nayaka temple architecture.
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Fig: Meenakshi Temple

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