Deepastambha

The Deepastambha is a characteristic feature found in the courtyards of Goa‘s Hindu temples. The word is formed by conjoining the Sanskrit words Deepa (lamp) and Stambha (pillar), and thus means “Pillar of Lamps.”

This photograph of the Deepastambha at the Mahalsa temple in Mardol was taken at daybreak.

Deepastambha at Mahalsa temple in Mardol, Goa

Deepastambha at Mahalsa temple in Mardol, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

 
 

A more modest Deepasthamba adorns the courtyard of the temple of Goddess Bhumika in the village of Chopdem.

Deepastambha at Bhumika temple in Chopdem, Goa

Deepastambha at Bhumika temple in Chopdem, Goa
5D Mark II, 85L II

 
 

An ancient Deepasthamba near the remains of Piso Ravlu temple in Mayem is embraced by a Peepal tree.

Deepastambha in Mayem, Goa

Deepastambha in Mayem, Goa
5D, 24-105L

 
 
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