Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
1. Discuss the factors responsible for distinct architectural style of temple construction in different parts of India. (250 Words)
Reference: Indian Art and culture by Ntin Singhania
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper I from the theme of art and culture of India.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the factors responsible for distinct architectural style of temple construction in different parts of India.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain the prominence of different styles of architecture witnessed in temples of India.
Highlight the basic features of a Hindu temple style. Broad Orders of temples – Nagara style, Dravida style and Deccan style. Highlight different temple styles of India, listing out their characteristics as influenced by geography, ethnic, racial, historic and linguistic diversities. Then correlate how these factors had played a vital role in the architectural styles of Temple construction in the history of India.
Conclude by reasserting the significance of diversity of culture present in India and their advantages as highlighted by the architectural marvels in the temples of India.