Discuss the salient Features of Gupta Architecture.

Gupta Period is called Golden or Classical age of India partially due to the unprecedented activities and development in the arts, architecture, sculpture, painting and literature. The rock cut architecture reached at its zenith in Gupta era and a new beginning of free standing temple architecture began.
Most prominent architectural marvels of Gupta period are temples. Most of the temples built in the Gupta era were carved with representation of Gods (mainly avatara of Vishnu and Lingams) and Goddesses. The Shikhara was not much prominent in the early Gupta temples but was prominent in later Gupta era. There was a single entrance or mandapa or Porch. Gupta style temple was modelled on the architectural norms of the Mathura school.
Main style of temple architecture in Gupta period is Nagara style.

Question for UPSC Mains:
Discuss the salient Features of Gupta Architecture.

Published: May 1, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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