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The Eastern or vessara style features a more rounded tower and often a more elaborate set of buildings, including a hall for performing musicians and dancers. The Southern or dräviõa style is characterized by multistoreyed gopuras, towering structures over the entrance gates to the temple complex: the sanctuary itself is usually a fairly low and unobtrusive structure, housing only the image of the deity. The temple complex usually contains a number of additional buildings, a tank and other facilities.
It is one of the manifestations of AVIDYÄ (ignorance) and one ought to give up attachment to oneself, to one’s family and one’s possessions in order to gain freedom and release. Encyclo - Letter A 10/2/03 9:37 am Page 32 Aughara Aughara A branch of the Näﬂhapanthis, the followers of GORAKHNÄﬁHA, a section of yogis, followers of ŸIVA. AUM Also written OM, called the präæava, the mystical syllable containing the universe. It is explained as consisting of the first (a) and last (u) vowel and the last consonant (m) of the Sanskrit alphabet and therefore encompassing all words (which consist of vowels and consonants).
However, Ÿäktism promises both bhukti and mukti and denies an opposition between them. bhür, also bhürloka The earth. bhütas (‘spirits’, ‘ghosts’) Belief in bhütas is widespread in India and there are many ceremonies designed to free a person from their influence. (See also PRETA). Bhuvaæeÿvara (‘Lord of the earth’) Title of ŸIVA, name of famous temple city in Orissa with some of the largest Hindu temples such as the 11th-century Liögaräja temple. bhuvar, also Bhuvarloka The firmament, the middle region between earth and sky.