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Kirti Stambha at Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan, India

A stambha (tower in English) is a pillar or column found in India. In the context of Hindu mythology, it is believed to be a cosmic column that functions as a bond, joining heaven (Svarga) and earth (Prithvi). A number of Hindu scriptures, including the Atharva Veda, feature references to Stambhas. In the Atharva Veda, a celestial stambha has been described as an infinite scaffold, which supports the cosmos and material creation.

Stambhas are also found in Indian architecture. Different stambhas serve different purposes, including the following:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shah, Umakant Premanand (1987), Jaina-rūpa-maṇḍana: Jaina iconography, Abhinav Publications, ISBN 81-7017-208-X

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Stambhas at Wikimedia Commons