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Shiv Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates

  • 01:00 - 21 September, 2010
Shiv Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates
Shiv Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner ©  Sameep Padora © Edmund Sumner +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wadeshwar, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects

    Sameep Padora & Associates
  • Project Team

    Sameep Padora, Minal Modak, Vinay Mathias
  • Documentation

    Viresh Mhatre, Anushka Contractor, Maansi Hathiwala, Prajish Vinayak
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. Designed in dialogue with the priest and the people from surrounding villages the temple design is a collaborative effort.

Built through ‘Shramdaan’ (self build) by the villagers, this temple was constructed on a shoestring budget, using a local stone as a primary building block because of its availability from a quarry within 200 meters from the temple site.

The stone’s natural patina seems to confer age, as if the temple had always existed... before inhabitation.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

In realizing the temple design in close consultation with the temple priest & the villagers, we attempted to sieve out through discussion & sketches the decorative components from the symbolic.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Adhering to the planning logic of traditional temple architecture, the form of the temple chosen evokes in memory, the traditional shikhara temple silhouette.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Only embellishments integral to the essence of temple architecture in memory actually appear in the finished temple.

The heavy foliage of trees along the site edge demarcate an outdoor room, which become the traditional ‘mandapa’ (pillared hall), a room with trees as walls and sky the roof.

The path to the temple winds in between white oak trees till two free-standing basalt stone walls embedded in the landscape create pause as well as direct a person onto the East-West axis on which the garbagriha / inner sanctum lies. Entry to the sanctum is through an exaggerated threshold space which in turn frames the outside landscape for the inside.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Stepped seating on the southern edge of the site negotiates steep contours while transforming the purely religious space into a socio-cultural one used for festival & gatherings.

Religious Iconography in the form of statues of the holy cow, Nandi andLord Vishnu’s avatar as a turtle become installations in the landscape and hence find their positions in a natural setting of the metaphoric sky-roofed mandapa. The ashtadhaatu (8 metal composite) temple kalash (finial) is held in place by a frame which also anchors a skylight to allow light to penetrate the inner sanctum/garbagriha.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
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28 Comments

Hariom PrabhakarSingh · January 30, 2017

Is this places open for all visitors?

VIJAY DONGRE · July 08, 2013

SAMEEP .....we are planning a NEW TEMPLE 'BHAVANI BHUTESHWAR' at place 'PALSHET'-Guhagar ,Ratnagiri District ,Maharashtra ...being KUL -DAIVAT of DONGRE/DONGARE CLAN,....COULD YOU GUIDE US ON simple basics ...expandable as time allows ?

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varsha godbole · July 15, 2013 11:15 AM

deul ani ekun avar masta ahe

skrilax · June 22, 2011

beautiful project - very traditional yet modern! however, i think the entrance doesn't fit very well - the modernistic metal structure looks strange with the stonework of the main building. maybe the entrance could have been also of stone? for this project it'd have been enough to express its modern yet vernacular and traditional character only with stone and simple design of the main solid... anyway, the project is still amazing!

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Als · December 28, 2010

I have to say that the entrance is too intellectually modern. Some other entrance would be better I think but I find it fine.

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Indian Bazaars · October 18, 2010

I liked the way the entrance happens.

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Cesar · September 27, 2010

Simple, small, elegant and uses local stone. Keep up the good work.

dhvanik · September 24, 2010

hello sir congratulations .
but this is nothing please publish lot more good projects of you .

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Pushkin Passey · September 22, 2010

I actually quite like this design. Very simplestic and vernacular.

Dipankar Sanyal · September 22, 2010

I love this site. Congratulation Sameep, very nice. I have rarely seen good architecture coming out of India particularly religious. Everything is tacky copy of the past. Like Birla mandir etc,. The architecture in India is either 'Banya Gothic' or 'Panjabi Baroque'.I find this simple and elegant work. Keep up the good work.

atmoko · September 22, 2010

i like this project. east meet west?,,or,,not western oriented,,?,,:D

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Jaclyn · September 22, 2010

I like the holy space,but I think the space starts to lose its power when people standing in a queue!

alechs · October 01, 2010 02:47 PM

I think that queues are unavoidable in India. Religious destinations are very popular destinations

Viraj · September 21, 2010

Good Job, Sameep

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