b. Auspicious site chosen, local spirits, gods, demons asked to depart and live elswhere.
like deity, “eyes” pierced at end of ceremony
a. Ground plan (mandala) = map of cosmos, cf. vedic fire altar, sanctum at center,
b. The body of purusha – from essence to manifestation, purusha impresses his form on the temple.
a temple is a ritual activity from beginning to end
Style – sloping shikara
4. Northern Style (nagara):
a. Smaller, elaborate exterior, interior sanctum dark and winfowless
a mountain and cave
Series of higher porches (mandapas)
c. Note the prolixity of exterior, interior focused on source of all
d. Shikhara: highest spire of the temple, mountain peak (shikara; Culminates in sun-disk (amalaka, symbol of the celestial world))
e. Circumambulting the murti (see temple layout)
f. Moving toward the source of all, the seed of creation. Garbhagrha (womb chamber) – a mystery at the heart.
g. Circumabulation: From light to dark
a. Take darsan, receive prasad
b. Abodes of the gods, seats of the goddesses.
ii. Prayag – sacred confluence
c. “Crossing places”: Tirthas
d. Floating flowers
e. Bringing back ganga jal