Central India/ Khajuraho School or Chandela School
- The Chandelas in the centre of India around 1000 AD created this style of temple construction known as the Khajuraho School or Chandela School.
- It is made of sandstone.
- Generally north or east facing.
- These are relatively modest-looking shrines each having four pillars that support a small mandapa which looks like a simple square porch-like extension before an equally small room that served as the garbhagriha.
- This temple is in the panchayatana style.
- The presence of this curving latina or rekha-prasada type of shikhara also makes it clear that this is an early example of a classic nagara style of temple.
- Examples: Vishwanatha temple, Khajuraho , Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Khajuraho.
Fig: Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Khajuraho
Western India/ Solanki School
- There are two schools that developed in Gujarat & Rajasthan these are Solanki school in Gujarat and Jain Temples in Mount Abu.
- Gujarat School
- The stone used to build the temples ranges in colour and type with sandstone being most common construction material employed.
- Presence of hundred-square-metre rectangular pond(suryakund)
- A huge ornamental arch-torana leads one to the sabha mandapa (the assembly hall) which is open on all sides.
- Example: Sun temple, Modhera, Gujarat
Fig: Sun temple, Modhera, Gujarat
2. Rajasthan School
- Use of white marble.
- The walls of the central small shrine are devoid of carving and are left plain as the temple faces the east.
- The ornamental detail spreading over the minutely carved ceilings, doorways, pillars, and panels.
- Example: Dilwara Temple,Mount Abu