Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ranakpur: Photo 3
One of many standardized trikas, or vestibules. Lying flat atop the low lip, two conch shells symbolize purification. On either side of the cylindrical stoop and emerging from the wall behind it, guardian makaras, mythical serpents with bulging eyes, rest like half-submerged crocodiles. At the base of the jambs are two dikpalas, stave-carrying guardians of the cardinal directions and, by extension, the temple.
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