Definition of shikhara in English:

shikhara

(Indian shikara)

noun

Indian
  • A spire on a Hindu temple.

    • ‘Two are raised on high plinth, like the temples at Khajuraho, but their shikharas are like the early Orissan examples.’
    • ‘The base of the minarets is covered by what seems to be almost temple shikharas rising one upon the other, vocabulary extensively used in a classical temple.’
    • ‘Built by the Guptas, this ruined, but well-conserved, temple was reputedly the first northern Indian temple with a shikhara or spire.’
    • ‘One shikhara looks like a smaller version of what I saw in Khajuraho.’
    • ‘But the most distinctive feature of the silhouette of a Khajuraho temple is without doubt its distinctive shikhara.’
    • ‘The earlier version of the symbols, which appeared in the February, 1997, issue included the shikhara, tulsi, urdhvapundra and Lord Krishna.’
    steeple, belfry
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Origin

From Sanskrit śikhara ‘peak, spire’.

Pronunciation

shikhara

/ʃɪˈkɑːrə/