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Kanakaditya Temple

Academic | Mumbai University | ACA | B.Arch | 2013
Kanakaditya Temple | Kasheli | Ratnagiri | India
Category: Documentation & Analysis
Collaboration with: 1st Year Cohort of ACA 2013

The first year students of Aditya College of Architecture visited the Sun Temple at Kasheli, Ratnagiri. The study tour was organised so as to intiate an understanding of what a temple space is. Also, the visit was meant for documenting the entire site . At first glimpse, from outside, the temple complex portrays itself as a blank fortified wall. The probable reason for the fortification of compound wall could be that in older days, the wealth of the village was concentrated in the temple, so the compound walls were fortified for it’s security. As the walls were fortified, it acted as a visual barrier, so the activity inside the temple was unknown to the outside public. As one enters inside, one can see the three small temples, entrances of which are facing away from them, prompting the visitor to move further towards the well. This movement turns the direction of vision and thus presents the whole precinct in perspective.

Roof Plan of the Temple Complex

Sectional Plan of the Main Temple

Isometric View of the Sabha Mandap

Front Elevation of the Main Temple

Longitudnal Sectional Elevation of the Main Temple

Cross Sectional Elevations of the Main Temple

Entrance to Grabha Griha

Detail of Post & Arch of Sabhamandap

Entrance to Temple Complex

Detail of Stone Pillar

Ornamentation on Stone Pillar

Ornamentation on Column

Gate Detail

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