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Architecture of Khajuraho temples with the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple built on a jagati
Symmetrical architecture on a jagati at Somanathapura

A Jagati is a raised surface, platform or terrace upon which some Buddhist or Hindu temples are built [1]

This feature is seen in temples such as the temples of Khajuraho.[2] It is often not seen in temples enclosed by walls.


The jagati lies on a base called adhiṣṭhāna (among other terms from various languages) which adds to its height.[3] The sides of the adhishthana are often ornamented with relief sculptures, or deep-cut mouldings. In English this may be called by terms from Western Greco-Roman classical architecture including base, plinth and socle. Not all adhisthana lead to a jagati platform; some just follow the walls of the temple buildings, except where there are steps up to the floor level of the temple.

The jagati also allows for ritual circumambulation, i.e. the walking of devotees around the shrine, which is important in both Buddhism and Hinduism. In some large temples, this circumambulation is also possible inside the temple along a walled passage around the shrine sanctum named pradakshina.

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  1. ^ "Glossary". Archived from the original on 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2007-04-09.
  2. ^ pdf file about Khajuraho temples[permanent dead link]
  3. ^