go·pu·ram (gōpr-əm) also go·pu·ra (-pr-ə)
1. An entrance building to a Hindu temple in southern India, often topped by a tiered tower of massive proportions and intricate decoration.
2. A similar entrance to a Cambodian Hindu and Buddhist temple from the period of the Khmer empire, often of cruciform shape and topped by a small central tower.
[Hindi gopuram, alteration (probably influenced by Hindi go and Sanskrit gauḥ, go-, cow) of Tamil kōpuram, gopuram : kō, king + puram, fortress (from Sanskrit puram, from pūr, pur-, rampart, fortress; see pelə-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple at the Mysore Palace complex
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