The Shiv Temple from the hands of Sameep Padora & Associates, based in Mumbai, merges symbolism and iconography of Hinduizm with the vernacular shikhara temple form. In a joint effort with the local townsfolk and spiritual leaders the authors constructed the temple with locally sourced basalt, a product of cooled down lava. The natural patina of the material creates an impression of ancientness.
Flourishing trees bordering the area along with the sky define a sort of outdoor room, in place of a “mandapa” – a traditional pillared hall. The seating created by elevated and layered terrain is mainly utilized for public gatherings and religious ceremonies. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful nature even from the interior through the wooden frame of the entrance. The culminating ceiling with an open skylight, allows the light to shine down upon the statues within the inner sanctum.