Ramappa temple, Warangal with amazing sculpted stone brackets to support extended roof

Stone brackets in the form of dancing girls Ramappa temple .reddit.com

Architecturally, a  bracket is a  stone structure that extends  from a wall or another kind of surface and supports weight, such as a heavy marble countertop or an overhanging shelf in homes. In buildings they support the extension of the roof beyond the walls on which parapet will be resting. Corbels are normally short-hunched cantilevers that project from inner face of columns to support heavy concentrated loads or beam reactions. In  Hindu temples with covered corridor or ambulatory path a serious of ornate pillars on opposite sides do the same function to reduce the wight of the stone slabs paid across the length of the passage. 

At Ramappa temple the  traditional artistic brackets bearing the image of dancing girls or animals in several ways have limited weight-bearing capabilities  bur offer good decorative accents. They give additional support to the extension of hanging roof along the roof hang. 

Yali brackets Ramappa temple warangal  .theweek.in/

 12th CE Ramappa temple warangal  whc.unesco.org/en/list/1570/

Above images: Ramappa temple near Warangal: Amazing store brackets in the form of dancing damsels supporting the extended roof.  The stone brackets are made of Basaltic rock. The Deccan plateau of part of central India is mostly made of basalt rock of Volcanic origin. they are of effusive type.  The sculptures of  attractive nayikas Nagini and Madanika bring out feminine aesthetics in stone. An interesting feature is  sculptures of bewitching woman with high-heels, wearing cloth with lace embroidery  and the dress will throw a challenge  to our modern fashion icons.  Just mind-boggling stone work..................

Yali stone brackets Ramappa temple,maverickonthemove.wordpress.com

Ramappa temple near Warangal built by Recherla Rudra, a general in the army of Ganapati Deva of the Kakatiya Dynasty in 1213 AD is nothing but semon in stone that  you will  seldom run into such a riot of awe-inspiring sculptural splendor. The sculptors' imagination . expertise and dexterity are manifest in their craftsmanship. No doubt the construction work lasted took 40 years and finally completed in 1213 AD. 

12th CE. Ramappa temple near Warangal heweek.in

Have you ever come across a Hindu temple that is supposed to bear the name of the main deity in the sanctum  goes by the  name of its sculptor—Ramappa?  What an encomium to a sculptor?  May be this one is the only edifice in India carrying the name of its  outstanding sculptor to  whom the sky was the limit. Lots of tourists flock to this site  to see innumerable sculpture around the temple. The ones that attract the attention of the visitors are  the stone  brackets or corbels supported by  well-sculpted graceful  slender,  dancing girls carefully set and spaced. Carved in selective black basalt (of Volcanic origin), their stunning postures will never fail to captivate the heart of young men. Madanika brackets exhibit advanced level of Fashion trends.  Huge Yali brackets  are well set to bear the roof  weight extended outwards more than usual - Facade Cladding

That this temple survived an earthquake in the 17th century with little damages bears testimony to its strong foundation and it is likely the architect followed some building technique to handle seismic  events in the feature.  Besides, to avoid downward stress the sikhara is made of masonry work. They used floating bricks, as popularly called  that are are made of clay mixed with the acacia wood, chaff, myrobalan and ushira (vatti verlu), making the brick very light enabling it to float on water.

On  August 05, 2021 UNESCO conferred the World Heritage inscription to the historic Rudreswara Temple, also known as the Ramappa Temple at Palampet in Mulugu district of Telangana,