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shikhara Line breaks: shi|khara
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈkɑːrə/

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(also shikara)

Definition of shikhara in English:


A spire on a Hindu temple.
Example sentences
  • Built by the Guptas, this ruined, but well-conserved, temple was reputedly the first northern Indian temple with a shikhara or spire.
  • The earlier version of the symbols, which appeared in the February, 1997, issue included the shikhara, tulsi, urdhvapundra and Lord Krishna.
  • The base of the minarets is covered by what seems to be almost temple shikharas rising one upon the other, vocabulary extensively used in a classical temple.


From Sanskrit śikhara 'peak, spire'.

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