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Meaning of "gopura" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GOPURA

gopura  [ˈɡəʊpʊrə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GOPURA

noun
adjective
verb
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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Gopura is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GOPURA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Gopuram

A Gopura or Gopuram , is a monumental tower, usually ornate, at the entrance of any temple, especially in Southern India. This forms a prominent feature of Koils, Hindu temples of the Dravidian style. They are topped by the kalasam, a bulbous stone finial. They function as gateways through the walls that surround the temple complex. The gopuram's origins can be traced back to early structures of the Tamil kings Pallavas; and by the twelfth century, under the Pandya rulers, these gateways became a dominant feature of a temple's outer appearance, eventually overshadowing the inner sanctuary which became obscured from view by the gopuram's colossal size. It also dominated the inner sanctum in amount of ornamentation. Often a shrine has more than one gopuram. They also appear in architecture outside India, especially Khmer architecture, as at Angkor Wat. A koil may have multiple gopurams, typically constructed into multiple walls in tiers around the main shrine. The temple's walls are typically square with the outer most wall having four gopura-vimanas, one each on every side, situated exactly in the center of each wall.

Definition of gopura in the English dictionary

The definition of gopura in the dictionary is a gateway tower of an Indian temple.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GOPURA


goura
ˈɡaʊrə
Haftarah
hɑːfˈtəʊrə
Haphtarah
hɑːfˈtəʊrə
Howrah
ˈhaʊrə
pasturer
ˈpɑːstjʊrə
purpura
ˈpɜːpjʊrə
scowrer
ˈskaʊrə
Torah
ˈtəʊrə
Tripura
ˈtrɪpʊrə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GOPURA

goosy
GOP
gopak
gopher
gopher snake
Gopher State
gopher wood
gopherwood
gopik
gor
gora
Gorakhpur
goral
Gorbachev
Gorbachov
Gorbals
gorbelly
gorblimey
gorcock

WORDS THAT END LIKE GOPURA

Anuradhapura
aura
Buenaventura
caricatura
Djajapura
dura
Extremadura
Jayapura
jura
Kura
laura
Madura
Mathura
mura
natura
Piura
Sukarnapura
sura
Telanaipura
tempura

Synonyms and antonyms of gopura in the English dictionary of synonyms

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TRANSLATION OF GOPURA

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Translator English - Chinese

gopura
1,325 millions of speakers

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gopura
570 millions of speakers

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gopura
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

gopura
380 millions of speakers
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gopura
280 millions of speakers

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gopura
278 millions of speakers

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gopura
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

gopura
260 millions of speakers

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gopura
220 millions of speakers

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Gopura
190 millions of speakers

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gopura
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

gopura
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

gopura
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gopura
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

gopura
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

Gopura
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गोपुरा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gopura
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

gopura
65 millions of speakers

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gopura
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

gopura
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

gopura
30 millions of speakers
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gopura
15 millions of speakers
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gopura
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

gopura
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

gopuraen
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GOPURA»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GOPURA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gopura

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GOPURA»

Discover the use of gopura in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gopura and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Temples of South India
The temple contains three prakaras of which the first is represented today by north wall with a gopura entrance. The second prakara encloses several small shrines, mandapas and the famous hundred pillared mandapa. The third prakara  ...
V.V. Subba Reddy, 2009
2
Cambodia
Tales from the Ramayana are depicted on various carvings here - the siege of Lanka is shown on the gopura pediments; the fight between Rama and Ravana on the east tower, and Rama mounted on Hanuman on the north tower. Crossing  ...
Beverley Palmer, 2002
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Sri Varadarajaswami Temple, Kanchi: A Study of Its History, ...
This immense temple-complex is appropriately enclosed by a high outer boundary wall, having two imposing gateways— one on the east and the other on the west— both being two towering gopuras. As already pointed out, the gopura on the ...
K.V. Raman, 2003
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Saivite Hindu Religion Book Two
Daily Lesson 29, Page 58: Father says: "See the gopura, the temple tower. The gopura always reminds us of God. We raise our hands over our heads and do namaskara to God." Advice: The great gopuras of the South Indian temples tower  ...
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
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The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India
In Harle's opinion, the South gopura was entirely built at some time between 1248 and 1272, though some decorative detail and bas-relief figures were left unfinished. Because of slight differences between the West gopura and the three other ...
David Smith, 2003
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South Indian Shrines: Illustrated
The inscriptions below the images in the northern wall of the gopura in front of Sci Govindaraja Perumal state that the gift of this gopura was made by Anantarajayya, son of Matli Tiruvengadanatharajayyadeva-chola-maharaja and that certain ...
P. V. Jagadisa Ayyar, 1982
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Kleine Schriften
propose, en ce qui concerne les temples de l'Inde méridionale, d'y reconnaître le mot tamoul ko, signifiant « roi », ou « seigneur » ; par conséquent, d'interpréter köpuram / gopura(m) comme « le bastion d'entrée du kôyil ou kôvil », < maison ...
Siegfried Lienhard, Oskar von Hinüber, 2007
8
Buddhist Remains in Andhra and the History of Andhra Between ...
The symmetrical arrangement of miniature vimanas and gopuras and groups of figures on the gopura is similar to a like arrangement of miniature stupas and groups of sculptures in famous stupas. But, as already pointed out, the plan of the  ...
K. R. Subramanian, 1989
9
Candi, Space and Landscape: A Study on the Distribution, ...
The wall demarcating the western and eastern courtyards is interrupted by an impressive three-door gopura. This gopura is linked to the gopura of the third terrace via a stone path.122 The eastern courtyard of the second terrace is 20m wide.
Véronique Degroot, 2009
10
More Curious Than Cautious
The largest gopura (go POO rah, tower) was in the middle of the front wall facing on the busiest street. A smaller gopura was just around each of the two front corners on the two side streets. Another large gopura was centered on the far rear ...
Peter Fraser, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GOPURA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gopura is used in the context of the following news items.
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In search of Tamil Nadu's poet-preachers
Beyond, lay the four towering gopura gateways that guarded the entrances to the temple of Meenakshi at the centre of the town. At dawn, the ... «Financial Times, Jul 15»
2
Rs. 500-cr. plan to celebrate Ramanujacharya's anniversary
... at Jakkanahalli circle; construction of Kanaka Gopura; drinking water plant; primary health centre; roads; repairing 'Raja Gopura' (tomb) of Sri ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
3
Maha Kumbhabhisheka, Guru Purnima & Mandala Puja at KSHT
Kumbha, meaning the head, references the shikhara or spire above the Temple which is usually on top of the gopura, an ornate tower on top of ... «Gulte, Jul 15»
4
A point of reference
Point of reference. Correa was a point of reference, a mark for most of us, like a gopura in the inner city of Madurai, which cannot be missed ... «The Hindu, Jun 15»
5
Bengaluru Today for 7 June 2015
Sri Pillanjaneyaswamy Alaya Vimana Gopura Jeernodhdhara Pratishtapana Mahotsav: Kumbhabhisheka by Sri Nirmalananda Swamiji of ... «The Hindu, Jun 15»
6
Scrambling up the scenic hills
This one is called Kallu Gopura and is home to an ancient Jain basadi with remnants of mantapas and other structures strewn around. «Deccan Herald, Jun 15»
7
Happy birthday Mohanlal: 7 relatively unknown facts about the …
In 1991, 'Lalettan had made a special appearance in the 1991 'Gopura Vasalile'. Directed by Priyadarshan, it was a comedy. He refused to ... «IBNLive, May 15»
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Sri Nataraja Temple consecrated
At the auspicious time, the dikshitars commenced the mahakumbabishekam rituals with pouring holy water on gopura kalasams of Chitsaba, ... «The Hindu, May 15»
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Thousands witness Chidambaram Nataraja temple …
... the top of temple prakarams, witnessed the magnificent Mahakumbabishekam being performed at gopura kalasams of the Chitsaba (sanctum ... «The Hindu, Apr 15»
10
All Set for Thrissur Pooram
A 500-seater gallery for women and 300-seater gallery exclusively reserved for foreigners will be arranged at the Thekke Gopura Nada. «The New Indian Express, Apr 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Gopura [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/gopura>. Jul 2020 ».
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