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  • noun Plural form of gopura.


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  • Madura has a wonderful old temple of immense size, surrounded by gopuras of pyramidal form, in whose construction huge stones of enormous dimensions were utilized; the temple also has much fine carving, etc.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • The nine gopuras are tall, massive, and barbaric in their decorations, which consist of horses, lions, elephants, gods and goddesses.

    Travels in the Far East

  • The view from the top of the rock was far-reaching, gopuras and temples gleaming through the green foliage.

    Travels in the Far East

  • Although Madura is a large place, the temples, gopuras, and palaces are the chief attraction.

    Travels in the Far East

  • As we penetrated to the interior temple, the buildings diminished in size and importance; the gopuras, however, are imposing (there are nine in all), with their profuse decoration, all being painted and all varying in size.

    Travels in the Far East

  • TANJORE: On our arrival at Tanjore in the afternoon we went directly to the forts which enclose the temple, palace, and gopuras.

    Travels in the Far East

  • On either side, right up to the gopuras and stretching far away down the branching paths, a living mass stood and waited, their faces turned toward him.

    The Native Born or, the Rajah's People

  • He offered no further explanation, and together they passed out of the two immense gopuras into the evening sunshine.

    The Native Born or, the Rajah's People

  • They had come to the end of the path and stood before a square opening, on the other side of which the two massive gopuras of the temple rose in their monumental splendor two hundred feet above them.

    The Native Born or, the Rajah's People

  • The Dravidian temples are not single structures, but aggregations of buildings of varied size and form, covering extensive areas enclosed by walls and entered through gates made imposing by lofty pylons called _gopuras_.

    A Text-Book of the History of Architecture Seventh Edition, revised


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