- Apr 5, 2009
The vertical red and white stripes is a classical feature of all Tamil Hindu temples,especially Shaivite/shakti temples.The red represents Rudra(Shiva) and the white Sati/Shakti(parvati in an later avatar)......The stripes are supposed to always be of equal height and width,thus representing the equality of male and female form in all creation.I love this temple, but I hate the red-and-white stripe decoration. why....why...
The Great Chola temples - Darasuram, Brihadesivarar etc. don't have the stripes but I guess that's because they aren't painted at all.I don't remember if non shaivite temples have these vertical stripes,moreover they are usually used only on the main sanctum housing the sanctorum.sometimes they are over done and look gaudy.
There are many non-shaivite temples which have these vertical strips. I have seen them all around the AP where you find majority of temples to be non-shaivite. You can also find these stripes in Tirupati as well.I don't remember if non shaivite temples have these vertical stripes,moreover they are usually used only on the main sanctum housing the sanctorum.sometimes they are over done and look gaudy.
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