The Importance Of Cosmic Architecture And The Lotus Temple

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CHAPTER- 3 3.1 Cosmic Architecture and the Lotus Temple The interrelationship between elements expresses the way man lives. Structures and meanings form cosmologies. The living forces in nature are the roots of the environment. Man evolves mentally if he grasps those meanings and qualities in an aim to interrelate the experiences of place. The creation is seen as the harmony between heaven and earth. In Ancient Egypt, the world was seen as space between heaven and earth. The sky has cosmic meanings (Norberg-Schultz, 1980: 23). Swami Paramananda (2000) shares his deep spiritual insight by stating that the pyramidal shape as seen in the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt has cosmic connotation in that its shape is able to attract cosmic energies. As a result, positive vibrations create an atmosphere conducive for spiritual practices – this idea is manifested in Mosque, Temple and Church designs as well (Swami Paramananda, 2000: 11). Cosmic is derived from the word ‘cosmos’ which refers to space in the universe. Uniformity and absolute order are the main aspects of cosmic architecture which has a holistic appeal. Cosmic space is engaged with geometric order (Plate. 3.1-1). Usually a regular grid structure is established on orthogonal axes. The space requires a sense of visualization by the users to the surroundings. Order is formed by the juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical elements. Islamic architecture is composed of buildings such as

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