Harshatmata Temple: Architectural drawings

By Ar Deepak Gahlowt and his team*

The present architectural remains of the Harshatmata Temple imply that it was a sandhara temple, i.e., a pradaskshikna path (circumambulatory path) incorporated between the mulaprasada (main shrine) and the outer encasing walls of the temple. With an entrance to the east, it stands on a double jagati (terrace), accessible via a sopanamala (staircase). The temple structure sits above the mancha (dias) level, at the top of the two terraces. The garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) is tri-anga (three planes of offsets) and pancharatha (with five offsets from kona to kona on a given side) in the plan. Supporting an early form of anekandaka (multi-spired) superstructure, the sanctum is preceded by a gudhamandapa (closed hall), which retains some surviving pillars and pillar bases. This gudhamandapa, also square in shape, shares the same interior dimensions as the garbhagriha. The superstructure was later rebuilt as a simple dome.

Site plan of the Harshatmata Temple

Section plan of the Harshatmata Temple

Floor plan of the mulaprasada or the main shrine of the Harshatmata Temple