North India Temples
India is very well known as the country of religions and has many temples, Dhams, Gurudwaras, Mosques, Churches and holy rivers. The temples in North India would be the most mainstream of the Hindu faith in India. Most of the North Indian temples have been designed in Nagara style temple architecture. The temples and literature, laying down rules and method of construction have been well preserved in Orissa. In the Nagara style architecture the temple structure consists of two buildings, one is the main shrine and the other mandapa. The main shrine is taller and the adjoining mandapa is shorter. The main difference between shrine and mandapa is the shape of Sikhara and the well shaped structure adds the height. In all the Hindu temples there is always the Kalasa situated at the top and the Ayudha or emblem of the presiding deity.
The temple architecture of India is mainly divided into two styles ie Northern Style and Southern style which has defined by the form and shape of the Shikhara of the temple and uniqueness of its decoration. In the south India style temples the shikhara tend to be made up of separate horizontal levels that reduce to form a rough pyramid. Each level is highlighted with miniature temple roof tops. The shikhara of the North India temples are resembles an upturned cone and decorated with miniature conical shikharas.