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  • n. A monumental tower, usually ornate, at the entrance of a temple, especially in Southern India.


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From Sanskrit गोपुर (gó-pura).


  • The dome just before the gopuram is where all the preparations for pooja are done.

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  • The chariot was drawn by the devotees from the main 'gopuram' of the temple to Nandi circle and back.

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  • Each gopuram has beautifully carved out wooden pillars and wooden bracket figures.

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  • The Hindu temples in particular are remarkably beautiful from the outside, with intricate carvings of the major deities on the gopuram rising tower at the entrance of a temple.

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  • Indian gopuram divided into two parts by a sharp, clean cut in the middle and tradition quotes in explanation the story of a king who was refused entrance to heaven but cleft a passage through the portal with his sword.

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  • A thin crack that developed 25 years ago eventually worsened into a deep vertical fissure right on its face and ended up in the collapse of the gopuram recently.

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  • Surmounting the sanctum, is a gopuram of gold, with numerous sculptures of the presiding deity, Kartikeya, and gods and goddesses attendant upon him. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Stating that the Congress government were allowing construction of cottages at a level higher than the main gopuram of the temple, Naidu demanded that the present board be scrapped and a thorough probe ordered into all irregularities.

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  • On August 8, Chandrababu Naidu will visit Srikalahasti and inspect the site where the Siva temple's gali gopuram, built about 500 years ago by Srikrishnadevaraya, collapsed a couple of months ago.

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  • ONGOLE: Granite baron, Siddha Venkateswara Rao, promised to donate Rs. 40 lakhs to Satya Sai Charitable Trust here for construction of Gyana mandiram and Vithala gopuram on the Satya Sai service centre premises on Mangamur donka.

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