Gopuram meaning

-po͝or-ə
An entrance building to a Hindu temple in southern India, often topped by a tiered tower of massive proportions and intricate decoration.
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A similar entrance to a Cambodian Hindu and Buddhist temple from the period of the Khmer empire, often of cruciform shape and topped by a small central tower.
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Origin of gopuram

  • Hindi gopuram alteration (probably influenced by Hindi go) (Sanskrit gauḥ, go- cow) of Tamil kōpuram gopuram king puram fortress (from Sanskrit puram) (from pūr, pur- rampart, fortress pelə-3 in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition