My photo from Impal - Manipur temples
Manipuri architecture follows the traditional Vedic architectural style. The architectural style in Manipur is also largely influenced by the buildings of Bengal. The amalgamation of the two forms of construction has rendered a rich architectural style to the architecture in Manipur.
The design of the temples in Manipur displays the traditional style of construction of this northeastern state in India. The ancient temples in the state of Manipur are mostly constructed with bamboo, which is also a trait of the Bengal architectural style. Parabolic contours are a common feature in most of the Manipuri temples. All the temples in Manipur that are hut-shaped contain these parabolic contours. Some such Manipuri temples that exhibit this kind of structural design are: Mahabali Temple, Tangal Temple, Govindajee Temple, Some other temples in the state of Manipur are of the Shikhara style. Some such temples are: Kakching Narsingh, Thakur Temple, Krishna Chandra Temple at Kakhing Bazar, Krishna Temple at Krishnampat.
There is one more unique characteristic of the Manipuri construction style, which is the combination of the two styles of Shikhara and Pagoda. The Kamakhya temple in Hiyangthang Lairenbi follows this style of construction. The majority of the Manipur temples and other buildings are built on the Brahmanical rules according to the Vastushastra. The main structure has a square piece of land in the middle, which signifies the Panchratna plan with the Brahma in the center and other gods on all sides.
The temples and other buildings in Manipur are made up of brick and mud. Every temple in Manipur has a Mandap. The most creative part about the Mandapa is the paintings that depict the love story of Khamba-Thoibi.