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Surinder Bahga

Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India-160017

Shiva Temple, Public Spaces-Religious Buildings

The Shiva Temple Complex is located in Tirlokpur, a small village in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. In designing this complex, an attempt has been made to create a spiritual environment and to translate traditional forms into contemporary idiom in Reinforced Concrete.

The temple is placed in the centre of a rectangular pool which is connected to the entrance gateway by a bridge. Steps on all four sides of the sacred pool are meant for the devotees where they can perform their daily ablutions. As in earlier Indian temples, a processional path runs around the pool which is to be enclosed on all sides by a continuous range of vaulted verandah facing inwards. On completion of this portion, access to the complex will be through four imposing gateways and four replicas of the main temple are to be built on the four corners of the complex.

The interior of the temple is simply plastered and painted white. A 'linga' occupies an important position in the sanctum sanctorum. The exterior surfaces are made of a combination of red sandstone and Dholpur stone.

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Shiva Temple

Shiva Temple

ZingyEdit: Giving a contemporary outlook, this temple has been raised on pillars over water not just for aesthetic purpose, but also adding to the notion of serenity, peace and tranquility. Modern organic features, form the temple, rather than traditional detailing.

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ZingyEdit: Surrounded by water on all four sides, it frames scenic views.

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