Tejorling: Radiance Temple, Pune, by Karan Darda Architects


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The temple, designed by Karan Darda Architects on farmland, is dedicated to Mahadeva (Shiva), one of the major gods in Hinduism. Located in a Chickoo tree orchard, the temple is built for everyday worship by surrounding farmers. The building takes references from the region’s historical aspects and Hindu temple architecture, which is re-interpreted in a contemporary way. A simple brick wall marks the entrance to the area.

The overall structure is built using reddish-orange coloured concrete which helps the temple to contrast and stands out in the surrounding greens. The temple is carefully inserted in a small piece of land which looks hidden into the trees from most of the surrounding areas creating a kind of curiosity for visitors and passers-by and the dimensions are derived using the golden ratio to achieve the desired human scale.

The design intends to look like a sculpture and is a result of careful extraction from the traditional forms put together in a simpler way so that the locals could easily associate themselves with it.

Generally in a Hindu temple the innermost Sanctum is reached by a series of Mandapas. Here the sanctum is opened up directly to the outdoor space and is attached to a small meditation space so that the passer-by could go in for a quick prayer and carry on with his work later. There are two major openings to the building, one which forms the entrance, and another for the holy water to go out. The water going out is poured on the deity as a part of worship. The two openings form a connection at the top as the pyramid cantilevers.

The base of the temple is a square while it becomes a triangle as it reaches the top creating 5 surfaced pyramids giving an extra dimension to it. An expression of movement is created by pulling a small mass out of the main structure creating a space for meditation. One can sit quietly for a while and feel the space inside. A slit is provided to draw the breeze inside along with a subtle quality of natural light.

“As you arrive at the temple the structure seems like a normal square-based pyramid metaphorically speaking in a meditating state, but as you move around, you discover the protruding mass making the building feel like it’s out of a meditation state and is dancing “

This way the two forms of Mahadeva (Shiva) are depicted.



Project Facts

Project Name:  Tejorling: Radiance temple
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 50 m2
Project Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
Program/Use/Building Function:  Place of Worship
Photo Credits: Karan Darda Architects

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