The Mandala of Text and Temple

 

Madurai MT 

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, South India: an entrance corridor

 

This Mandala of cryptic center simplifying in stages to a comprehensible and conventional perimeter is repeated in the architecture of the classic South Indian Temple.

The Garbha Griha [‘Womb-Abode’] resides at the center of the complex, recessed within corridors of diminishing light and crouching access. The deity is minimalist in extreme, a stone-erect.

As the devotee moves outward from ‘Womb’, the pillars and ceilings and walls of the temple becomes discernible, domestic. Myths, Gods, Goddesses and semi-divine figures.

At the outer walls of the temple, all cover is dropped. Life depicted in full bounce. Men and women, child and animal, angle and color, festival and ritual; life as Panorama.

The temple parallel, the three-dimensional analogue of sacred text.

2 thoughts on “The Mandala of Text and Temple”

Comments are closed.